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Modeling Time-of-use Rates & the Quantifying the Value of Solar

Adam Gerza • Last updated 02/2021

4.7/5 (view ratings)
164 students
1 module
26 minutes
4 assignments

Course description

This course will explore in depth how to model solar projects on Time-of-use (TOU) rates, and how they effect the 'value of solar' calculation. We will start by reviewing the key factors that influence the 'value of solar', and then run through some examples illustrating the effect. We will also cover how to setup and analyze proposed TOU rate schedule changes. We will run through two separate case study projects, which analyze TOU changes that California utilities are currently proposing.

Students will gain a strong understanding of the relationship between TOU rates and the 'value of solar'. This will enable them to better optimize and explain this type of analysis on their projects.

This video will utilize the Energy Toolbase software platform, which allows DER organizations to accurately, objectively and transparently analyze the economics of solar and energy storage projects.

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Modeling Time-of-use Rates & the Calculating the Value of Solar

  • Modeling Time-of-use Rates & the Calculating the Value of Solar (26:38 minutes)
  • Presentation Materials (.pdf)


Adam Gerza

VP Business Development, Energy Toolbase

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


26 reviews

164 students have taken this course

by Saravanan S 04/10/2020

The course is very much useful

by Esther Wanza 04/02/2020

Its a great course especially for those aspiring to be mini grid developers

by Roxanne V 10/29/2017

by Maegan Haroutunians 10/07/2017

This course compares the new rate schedules, compares them with old ones, and how the new rates economically impact the value of solar. It is great to have these issues explained graphically thru EBT.

by kuldip singh 08/01/2017

I thankful to heatspring knowledgeable course on MODELING TIME-OF-USE RATES & THE QUANTIFYING THE VALUE OF SOLAR

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