The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a study evaluating the accuracy of Sighten’s automated shading tool, showing that Sighten remote shading estimates are nearly identical to measurements taken on site. The Department of Energy-affiliated lab found that Sighten's shading tool generated the most accurate shading estimates of all software applications evaluated by NREL to date.
Over a decade into the U.S. residential solar boom and the “solarcoaster” continues to surprise with new twists and turns. Like any good rollercoaster, there have been a lot of ups and downs – but if you keep your eyes open and your wits about you, these changes can be exciting instead of stomach-churning.
Just like our installer partners, Sighten has worked hard to make sure our software platform stays relevant in the fast-changing solar landscape. And we’re confident that our new proposal tool, MyProposal, will make your ride on the solarcoaster a lot more enjoyable by helping your business capitalize on the most important trends in residential solar.
You can learn more about MyProposal in our upcoming webinar on Wednesday, May 23 – sign up here. But first, let’s talk about how the MyProposal feature set can help you stay ahead of the market and grow your solar business!
In terms of where the sun is shining in residential solar financing, solar leases have recently been overshadowed by solar loans. Industry publications have touted the rise of solar loans in recent years, and our experience with Sighten customers has borne this out. A poll taken at our recent solar financing webinar found that around 30% of installers currently offer leases, and approximately 40% have never offered a lease.
Topics: Solar Financing
As a solar installer, you know that it’s not hard to convince potential customers of the benefits of going solar – the challenge comes when you have to explain how much it costs. No matter how much the cost of solar has fallen in recent years, the prospect of a five-figure upfront expenditure for an investment that will take years to pay back is simply a non-starter for most homeowners.
That’s where financing comes in. The ability to offer your customers loans, leases, and other financing options transforms solar from a big hit to their household budget into a smart investment that will have them in the black from day one.