Stuck on how to set-up the electricity rate for your projects? This article will help you select the right tariff for your projects here in OpenSolar.
First, make sure you're in the Projects zone and have clicked on the specific project you would like to edit.
This video will walk you through customizing electricity usage and searching for utility rates
Start at 2:37 for utility-specific info
Navigate to the Energy tab near the top of the page to see the utility information. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the Electricity Utility.
The "Current Tariff" is the rate you'd like to use for the customer's past bill savings analysis. If the customer has to move to a different rate with the installation of solar, you can model this by choosing a "Proposed Rate". Future bill savings will be calculated with this rate's parameters. The current tariff will be used for future calculations if you do not choose a proposed rate.
The system will automatically apply a utility rate based on your project's zip code. If you would like to see details on the currently selected tariff, click on the name of the tariff and you will get more insight.
If this is not the correct rate, choose the button . This will let you choose a rate from OpenSolar's wide-range of of utilities and electricity rates.
If you cannot find the rate you would like to use in our database, please submit a request and include the rate schedule. Our team will be happy to create the rate in the database for you.
You may also opt to create a tariff of your own by clicking on
Another option is to select the "Simple Flat Rate" functionality where you can create your own basic custom tariff. Further details which can help you create custom tariffs for your current project as well as rates which you can apply to your other projects too can be found here: How to Create Custom Electricity Tariffs
After you have finished making changes to this section, ensure that you click the button.