John Tucker

John is responsible for Genability’s product development, QA and testing and energy market research. John is Genability’s energy price guru and works with our current customers to incorporate their feedback into our offerings. Previously, John served in Product Management roles at Andiamo Systems, a brand-monitoring service, and Yaga, a micro-payment service company. John holds a degree in International Studies from the University of Dayton.




NEM 2.0 in California

The solar industry received great news yesterday when the California Public Utilities Commission approved their proposed decision on NEM 2.0. All major elements of net metering were upheld with no new fixed or demand-based charges. Under NEM 2.0 solar customers will see higher interconnection fees (estimated to be between $75 – $100 per installation) and […]

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Looking Forward – Calculating Future Utility Costs

Genability has added forecasted seasonal rates to our Solar Savings calculations.  Not to be confused with utility rate inflation (we’ve got some upgrades coming in this area soon), forecasted seasonal rates allow you to use the most recent version of the tariff and maintain the seasonality embedded in frequently changing rates like Fuel Cost Adjustments. […]

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Better Solar Estimates Using Hawaiian SunZones

Solar is an attractive proposition in Hawaii, with great solar irradiance and high utility rates. 1 out of 4 homes in Hawaii has gone solar.  A home in Honolulu that uses 1,000 kWh/month and installs a 5 kW system can eliminate over $2,400 in utility spending in the first year at an avoided cost of […]

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Rate Coverage & The Long Tail

When we first started collecting electricity rates we went after the utilities and states with the most customers (California, New York, Florida, etc.).  To date, Genability has collected electricity rates that represent 88% of Residential customers and 86% of Commercial customers in the U.S.    Chances are if you’re looking for a utility rate for […]

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PVSyst Integration & Account Tracking Features Added

We are nine months into our SunShot Project and have some exciting customer driven enhancements to share.  We recently rolled out several new features that make evaluating solar deals even easier.  We’ve made it simple to get high quality PVSyst solar production data into Explorer accounts and added new account attributes that help you find […]

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Account Upgrades and Utility Statistics in Explorer

Genability’s added a slew of new features to Genability Explorer based on your feedback. Nearly every screen has been upgraded to make finding data easier and our accounts better.   Here are some of the highlights: One Step Account Set Up You can now enter your customer’s address and customer class (Residential/General) when creating your […]

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What’s My Customer’s Likely Rate Plan?

Do your customers know what electricity rate plan they are on (most utilities have more than one)?  Most homes and businesses don’t.  If they don’t know, you aren’t going to know either.  Their actual rate plan is one of the key factors in their unique energy cost (along with how much they use and sometimes when […]

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The Science of Optimal Solar System Size

System sizing is one of the many skills that comprise the “Art of Solar”. Experienced solar developers have a feel for what is the best system size for a customer and are able to find a configuration that works for the customers specific economics. That’s a requirement when it’s hard to run avoided cost calculations […]

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New Look for Genability Explorer

Genability has gotten a makeover and now you can see more information on every page.  We’ve consolidated all of the navigation into the top menu bar, allowing you to see more data on each screen. Explorer still has all the old functionality and you will find it in the same place it was before, just […]

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Uploading Solar Production into Explorer

Earlier this month Genability released the new Value of Solar feature set including the ability to upload solar production data independent of usage.   Now the Cost Analysis tool subtracts solar production from usage and delivers you the Value of Solar. Uploading Solar Production data is as simple as uploading usage.  Go to the profile […]

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