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Energy Sense Finance Touting PV Value (New Prod & Tech)
SunShot, Sandia
Date: 2018-08-01
Sandia National Labs is reporting the PV Value® tool is now being developed and maintained by Tampa, Florida-headquartered Energy Sense Finance, LLC, with funding provided by the DOE SunShot Small Business Innovative Research program.

The tool is still free, though improved with a design to support multiple web browsers and mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones.

The PV Value® proof-of-concept spreadsheet tool was developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Energy Sense Finance to help determine the value of a new or existing photovoltaic (PV) system installed on residential and commercial properties. It is designed to be used by real estate appraisers, mortgage underwriters, credit analysts, real property assessors, insurance claims adjusters and PV industry sales staff. For appraisers, the inputs specific to PV in the Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum can be used as inputs to PV Value®. (Source: Sandia National Lab, Energy Sense Finance, July, 2018) Contact: PV Value,,; Energy Sense Finance, LLC ,; Sandia National Lab, (505) 205–3598,; SunShot Initiative,

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New Certifications Reflect PV Ind. Specializations (Ind. Report)
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners
Date: 2017-10-25
The Clifton, New Jersey-based North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is reporting three new specialty certifications for the solar industry.

Developed in conjunction with the U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative, the new certifications are: PV Design Specialist, PV Installer Specialist, and PV Commissioning and Maintenance Specialist. Beginning January 3rd, 2018, the new specialty certification exams, along with NABCEP's PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification exam, will be offered via computer-based testing (CBT) at over 600 test sites in the U.S. and Canada.

Achieving specialty certification demonstrates that PV professionals possess the advanced training, knowledge, and competencies required for their job while conveying that they have earned an externally validated and rigorously developed certification. (Source: NABCEP, PR, 22 Oct., 2017) Contact: NABCEP, Shawn O'Brien, Exec. Dir., (518) 631-2751,; SunShot Initiative,

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Pace Avenue Scores up to $1.5Mn Sunshot Funding (Funding)
SunShot Initiative,Pace Avenue
Date: 2017-07-19
The U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative reports it will award Oakland, California-based Pace Avenue up to $1.5 million as part of its SunShot Technology to Market 3 (T2M3) program. The grant will fund the development of "big data" and predictive analytics to identify homeowners, especially low- and moderate-income (LMI) homeowners, who could use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to install solar as well as make energy efficiency improvements. Pace Avenue will provide a match of up to $1.5 million for the two-year project.

The SunShot T2M3 funding program supports solar energy R&D and aims to maintain and accelerate the growth of next generation solar power technologies.

All T2M3 grants are subject to final negotiation between the awardee and recipient. (Source: Pace Avenue, PR Web, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Pace Avenue, Micah Myers, CEO CEO,; SunShot Technology to Market 3 (T2M3) program,

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DOE Invests Additional $46M in Solar Energy Sector (Funding)
SunShot Initiative
Date: 2017-07-17
Last Wednesday, the US DOE Energy reports it was investing $46.2 million in 48 solar energy projects as part of its SunShot Initiative.

The SunShot program began in 2011 and has a goal of making solar energy cost-competitive with traditional energy by 2020. Through this program, the federal government funds solar research at National Laboratories, the study of solar panel use on federal lands, education on the benefits of solar energy, and solar incentives and subsidies. $25.7 million of the new funding will provide investment funding for 20 startup solar energy companies.

Although the SunShot program is receiving funding now, its future is uncertain. In FY2017, the Department of Energy dedicated $285 million to support SunShot. This was about 45 percent of the total funds earmarked for renewable energy development that year. (Source: US DOE, Inside Sources, Others, 13 July, 2017) Contact: SunShot Initiative, Charlie Gay, Dir.,,

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