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NEW (Mar 3, 2014) -- IEP Model to be leveraged in SunShot Initiative
SolarNexus, a key member of the IEP Model development team, has been awarded a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Incubator Program. SolarNexus will use the award to build and demonstrate the solar industry's first integrated ecosystems of applications using IEP XML.
(Feb 14, 2013) -- Release of IEP Model Version 1.2
The IEP Model team is pleased to release its most recent updates to the model schemas as version 1.2. A significant number of changes were made in this version based on further implementation experiences. This experience includes the population of new project leads from one application to another, and eventual reporting of entire projects that include a combination of simple energy efficiency measures with the addition of both solar PV and solar thermal systems.
Usability was the prime driver for the changes made in version 1.2. Models for elements that include a series of values, such as 12 months of energy consumption or monthly PV production were simplified to reduce repetition and verbosity. Additions to the schema were made to support information about project transactions and solar thermal systems. Other small changes were made to simplify and clarify implementations. The entire documentation package and the schemas themselves are available in the project downloads area.
(April 26, 2012) -- Release of IEP Model Version 1.1.1
The IEP Model team has made significant changes to the schemas based on lessons learned from implementation in the partners' existing software tools. The model and schema documentation have been updated for IEP v1.1.1. The entire documentation package and the schemas themselves are available in the project downloads area.
(April 14, 2011) -- Announcement of First Public Release of IEP Model
The growth of the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries have led to a wide range of websites and software tools for both consumers (homeowners and businesses) and service providers (contractors). Consumers can leverage tools that recommend energy efficiency measures (EEMs) and renewable energy projects, identify qualified contractors, coordinate contracting and purchasing, as well as manage implementation and post-project analysis and review. Service providers list services with these sites, and are adopting tools to automate their business processes to market, bid, contract, and manage projects. However, there are currently no established standards by which all of these websites and tools, for both consumers and service providers, can readily share information about customers, projects, products and services.
The IEP team has been funded by the CPUC’s California Solar Initiative (CSI) to develop an Integrated Energy Project (IEP) Model to standardize and integrate the data underlying these processes. The IEP Model introduces a common language to project stakeholder software applications – it provides a comprehensive, standardized definition of an EE/DR+PV project, as well as how stakeholders can communicate between each other about that project. This will simplify and streamline the process, reduce time and costs for both the consumer and contractors, produce a better ROI for both, and remove a key market barrier for the adoption of both EEM’s and solar energy.