Palmetto debuts Instant Proposal solar design tool


Palmetto launched a new Instant Proposal tool, said to generate a PV proposal with design within 60 seconds of entering a homeowner’s utility information into the Palmetto system. The proprietary data fueling the proposal originates from Mapdwell, a division of Palmetto, which provides actionable data tools including remote site assessment and solar potential mapping technology, licensed from MIT. Instant Proposal is now available throughout 24 states.

“Instant Proposal is a key milestone for Palmetto’s platform and mission – empowering customers to make smart clean energy choices,” stated Chris Kemper, Palmetto founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Instant Proposal offers a fast and accurate automated proposal. Mapdwell data coupled with our hyper-localized provider network allows for a guided, seamless and unparalleled clean energy experience for our customers. Future Palmetto technologies and products will continue to simplify clean energy options for the benefit of all consumers.” 

Mapdwell is able to accurately map three-dimensional rooftop geometry and determine solar access for every square meter of the roof, for every hour of the year. The technology takes into account such variables as shading from neighboring buildings, the role of existing vegetation and other obstructions, and local weather data.

“The Instant Proposal/Mapdwell technology and data system is exclusive to Palmetto and we are in the process of building it out to cover the entire country,” stated Eduardo Berlin, founder of Mapdwell and Palmetto Executive Vice President. “The bottom line is that we are equipping homeowners with context-aware, science-based, detailed, precise and customized data that can readily be transformed into a money-saving and environmentally sustainable solar action plan.”

Eduardo continued, “the interface is intuitive, offering accessible information and compelling visual feedback allowing our customers to instantly understand the solar energy opportunity for their homes in an engaging manner with validated data. This customer experience can only be derived from Palmetto.”

BTW: Palmetto just keeps expanding

Palmetto also recently launched operations in Central and Northern California areas served by Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). The 70,000 square mile geographic PG&E service area extends from Bakersfield to Eureka and from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, serving approximately 16 million people. Palmetto opened Southern California operations, in areas served by Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, in April 2021.

Palmetto’s proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application are all designed to simplify and democratize access to clean energy; making it easier and more affordable to make the switch. Currently, Palmetto’s system helps homeowners quickly estimate utility costs saved by switching to solar, and work with a team of local solar experts to design and install a system that matches their needs. Palmetto Protect ensures these homeowners receive comprehensive, long-term monitoring and robust customer support.

In addition, Palmetto, launched a new Startup Lab, with a focus on transforming strategic opportunities into commercially scalable businesses. Palmetto’s marketplace technology has digitized the solar transaction process for the customer, and the Startup Lab will expand this clean energy marketplace to help energy consumers achieve their financial and environmental goals.

“The goal of the Startup Lab is to identify and structure emerging ideas. We work closely with key company leaders and functions across Palmetto to prove the ideas out, generate initial revenue, and prepare them to scale,” stated Jason Hamilton, Palmetto Chief Startup Officer. “We draw upon a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences to enable rapid ideation and deployment. Half startup incubator, half corporate enabler, we view the Lab as a force multiplier for strategic corporate growth.”

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