Energy Consumption & Solar Load Modeling

Quickly and easily estimate how much electricity your client uses at various times of the day and year with Aurora’s consumption profile tool.

Estimate consumption with one bill

Use the interactive Consumption Profile tool to extrapolate an accurate electric consumption estimate based on your customer’s electricity bill and location.

Adjust your customer’s load profile by configuring lighting, pool type, and other factors. You can even show them the impact of adding an electric vehicle to their load profile.

 

Why is solar load modeling important?

Complete hourly energy consumption data allows you to accurately model financial returns under net energy metering (NEM), including tiered and time-of-use rates. This allows clients to get a very precise idea of the value that solar will provide for them in the long-run. Aurora has full support for NEM 3.0.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is electricity load forecasting?

Electricity load forecasting, also known as load profiling and energy consumption modeling, is the process of predicting electrical consumption based on all of the available data. In sizing a solar energy system, the most accurate electricity load forecasts are made with real, hourly consumer data to predict the approximate supply and demand of local electricity

Today’s load profile and energy consumption models are typically used to give insight into the financial returns of solar energy systems in areas with net energy metering (NEM), tiered rates, and time-of-use charges. They can also be used to determine whether or not solar storage can help create value for the system.

How do I forecast electricity demand?

To forecast electricity demand, solar developers must create what is known as an energy load profile, or consumption profile. An energy load profile can show a specific electricity load forecast in charts and graphs for daily and seasonal considerations.

When forecasting a specific electricity demand profile, many different site variables have to be taken into account. An accurate profile includes the property’s location and average electricity consumption, as well as current and predicted future utility rates. Whenever any of this information is not available, smart solar design software can simulate the electricity demand based on home size and local averages.

How do I calculate an electricity load profile?

An electricity load profile is calculated by inputting as much information as possible into solar design software. To properly estimate a homeowner’s load profile, solar designers use customer electricity bills and any available data about the home’s current or future power consumption habits, for example, if the homeowner has an electric car.

For the most accurate results, load profiles should be generated to reflect seasonal changes, since electricity demand and usage typically varies throughout different times of the year. When creating a load profile, it’s also important to ask about large electricity-consuming devices such as air conditioners, electric heaters, appliances, and EVs.

What is an hourly load profile?

An hourly load profile is another way to describe a specific electricity load profile that’s broken down into hourly chunks. Hourly load profiles typically graph a home or building’s daily energy consumption to showcase the different periods of varying demand throughout an ordinary day.

Depending on how much information is available, an hourly load profile may be able to show all of the different kinds of energy used throughout a home, such as the electricity necessary for the baseload demand, lighting, appliances, air conditioning, electric vehicles, and so on. With this, hourly load profiles are highly variable based on many personalized factors.

What is a consumption profile?

On most electricity bills, utilities include what is known as a consumption profile to display the amount of power being used in a home or commercial building. Consumption profiles are typically bar graphs displaying monthly kilowatt-hour usage, and may also contain daily consumption in more detailed reports.

The Aurora Consumption Portal can present electricity data in a visual way to help customers understand both present and future power consumption as it relates to their utility bills. Advanced consumption profiles may also include information on peak electricity periods, time of use billing, and other unique rate structures.