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Should You Consider A Solar Open House?             (Here are six reasons to say 'Yes!')

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 11:45 AM
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It’s one thing to say what your product can do. It’s another to show  what it actually does and how it works while working. After all, people have long known never to take salespeople at their word. Buyers already assume salesmen will only say good things about their products.

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Will a Solar PV System Installation Increase Your Property Value?

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 11:15 AM

small view of a park can make an apartment worth so much more in New York. Right there where it’s crowded and busy, to catch some greenery from your window means something special.

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Choose Local Installers! Here are Seven Reasons Why

Posted on February 28, 2018 at 3:29 AM

To get everyone to ‘Go Solar for Good’ is a daunting task, and yet one that we are ever committed to. In our quest to achieve it, we were struck with a realization as bright as the sun: why not team up with our local installers?

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How to Sell More Solar Panels with Less Talk

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 2:34 AM

Closing sales is like walking on a tightrope. You have to find that incredibly critical balance that you get your point across without shoving it down your client’s throat. And there’s no one foolproof approach because people are different.

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Want to Make More Solar Sales? Ask, Don't Tell

Posted on January 31, 2018 at 10:56 PM
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Lecturing is what professors do.  Preachers preach. Sellers are expected to ‘sales’ talk.

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MODsolar, LLC Re-launches this Week with Change in Ownership

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 2:51 AM

Philadelphia, PA (November 8, 2017) -- MODsolar, LLC., creator of the solar industry's first open platform for visually designing PV systems and creating proposals, is re-launching this week, announcing a change in ownership and a refocused mission on creating simple tools that help solar installers.

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Platform Updates

The Cost of Doing Nothing

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 10:11 AM

The most compelling reason for a home or business owner to "go solar" is: cost savings. Install solar modules on a property, and over the lifetime of the solar array, it's possible to predict how much will be saved. In fact, one of the core features of the Modsolar Platform is its ability to perform the calculations as accurately as possible to yield those predictions. We consider annual electricity rate increases, annual rates of solar module "degradation," up-front costs, financing costs, rebates, tax credits, performance-based incentives, installation location / orientation / angle, shading, etc. The Platform supports full customization of sales proposals, and virtually every single proposal generated by our clients includes some illustration of the cost savings.

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Platform Updates

Accounting for Reductions in Electricity Usage

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 9:26 AM

Often, when a homeowner or business owner installs a solar system, they implement other energy-saving measures at the same time. Examples might include programmable thermostats, LED light bulbs, energy-efficient appliances, etc. In fact, some solar installers offer these and other energy-saving upgrades to their customers, in addition to solar installations.

If you are proposing a solar system as well as energy-saving measures, or if your customer has indicated that he plans to reduce his energy usage in the future, it is now possible to account for reduced electricity usage within the Modsolar Platform!

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Platform Updates

Changes coming to the aerial image controls

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 4:38 PM

Google often makes changes to Google Maps, which we use in the MODsolar Platform to show the aerial images of the buildings. Generally, these changes improve the functionality for users, making interaction easier.

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Platform Updates

Finance the FITC

Posted on June 8, 2016 at 4:42 PM

In March 2016, we added 3 new easy-to-use loan calculations to the Modsolar Platform: a simple loan, a loan with a delayed start to the payments, and a loan with interest-only payments during an initial period.

Later, we added (to each of these loan types) the option to finance the "year 1 incentives" (notably the FITC -- federal income tax credit -- but also any incentive that is realized in the first year after installation).

This week we added yet another enhancement. When the year 1 incentives are financed (i.e., included in the loan principal, and therefore impacting the monthly payments and the amount of interest that is paid), it is possible to specify a month in which the consumer will make a "balloon payment" equal to the amount of the year 1 incentives, after which the loan is re-amortized based on the remaining principal balance due.

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