About this course

A Data-Driven Look at Solar + Storage Opportunities

Energy Toolbase recently completed a rigorous, months-long analysis where we studied the economics of solar + storage projects on every C&I (commercial and industrial) utility rate tariff in California’s Investor-Owned Utility (PG&E, SCE, SDG&E) territories. The objective of our study was to identify the characteristics of the most attractive projects, including utility rate tariff, customer load profile type, PV + ESS system size, and rate switching scenario. We discovered several important findings that we shared in this training.

What You'll Learn:

  • What are the best and worst utility rates for solar + storage economics?
  • What are the best and worst types of customer load profiles? How much variance can there be?
  • What are the best practices for rate switching to optimize for PV+ESS economics?
  • How to optimally size both the PV & ESS for optimal ROI?
  • How to quantify and attribute non-utility bill savings value streams, including resiliency, grid services, and future-proofing?

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Course outline

1 module • 4 assignments • 56 minutes of video lectures

Module 1 • 2 assignments
ETB Masterclass: Optimizing the economics of C&I Solar + Storage projects in California

  • ETB Masterclass: Optimizing the economics of C&I Solar + Storage projects in California (56:55 minutes)
  • Slide Deck (.pdf)


  • Adam Gerza

    VP Business Development, Energy Toolbase
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    Adam Gerza is the VP of Business Development at Energy Toolbase, an industry leading software platform that specializes in modeling and proposing the economics of solar and energy storage projects. He has worked in the solar industry for over 12 years in various project development and policy related roles. Prior to solar, Adam traded natural gas commodity products for... Learn more

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