Welcome to the Orange Button call for concepts and to invitation to join the collaboration that seeks to make an impact.
Regardless of where you are in the ecosystem for building clean energy projects you administer and exchange data.
Innovation around the efficiency of data interoperability will make a significant impact on project costs for everyone in the ecosystem.
We are looking for collaborators and innovators that want to explore transitioning from the inefficient manual paper process to a modern digital ecosystem.
It is a New Year
It is a new year and the Orange Button is excited about a new collaboration with PG&E to work with any school interested in modernizing their procurement and contract administration. Our group of experts will explore how to transition to digital for reducing project costs and enabling innovation.
It is a new year with a new administration in Washington DC and a renewed commitment in California to accelerate the development of clean energy facilities, from utility scale to solar carports.
There are new public resources like the DOE Orange Button XBRL taxonomy of data terms and definitions that enable entire ecosystem data interoperability throughout the project lifecycle, and emerging industry established data sets for streamlining the financing, permitting, procurement, construction, inspections and ongoing operations.
New tools to enable innovation that turn data into a digital asset to reduce soft costs and new risk management tools that can attract capital and financial markets with improved financing terms, products and services.
PG&E is offering a collaboration opportunity, an On Bill Finance pilot for K-12 schools to finance energy storage projects so that schools have resiliency to a power shut off. The opportunity will also explore if the pilot can provide “data to support the Clean Energy Financing Options (CEFO) to leverage private capital and to encourage innovation and competitive offers for financing needs, insurance and performance guarantees.”
The Orange Button collaboration group is seeking ecosystem participants to support PG&E’s exploration by demonstrating how energy projects could leverage ecosystem data interoperability, from initial procurement and permitting through construction and ongoing operations, to reduce costs and improve project financial viability.
The Orange Button contribution to the PG&E pilot and resulting conceptual proposals will help demonstrate how data interoperability can be employed by various stakeholders, and the cost savings realized individually and collectively.
The concept process will also help identify more data elements for expanding the XBRL taxonomy to enable more innovation that drives down cost and increases project financial viability.
How would you implement the greatest amount of ecosystem data interoperability to reduce soft costs and improve risk management to attract capital and financial markets?
Explore and collaborate to Unleash the Power of Data Standardization
How you can participate - The Ecosystem
K. Dixon Wright
Surety Resource Connection
Principal - Customer Resiliency Programs
Pacific Gas and Electric
Co-Founder and CEO
Orange Button - SunSpec Alliance
Orange Button - Taxonomy Reader
Orange Button - Review and Comment
Orange Button response to PG&E 2018 Request for Abstracts.
Orange Button - Steering Committee and Technology Group
Standardized data set for permits
Standardized data set for solar quality control inspection data
Objectives for Orange Button PG&E pilot
The publication in January 2010 of the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0 established a national collaboration platform for transitioning the nation’s energy infrastructure from multiple fragmented and inefficient legacy systems to a uniform efficient modern Smart Grid.
The federal NIST framework for interoperability is now going through its 4th revision and various DOE funded initiatives like the Orange Button to expand the XBRL taxonomy continue to develop and enable ecosystem data interoperability to drive down soft costs and attract private capital.
The DOE Orange Button initiative has already expanded the XBRL taxonomy with over 5,000 data elements required by stakeholders throughout the ecosystem and published the Orange Button Taxonomy Viewer to enable stakeholders to implement the free federally recognized data standard.
The California Public Utility Commission is investigating Clean Energy Financing Options (CEFO) that will attract private capital. Instituting Rulemaking (R.20-08-022)
The Orange Button collaboration group responded to the request for review and comment to both NIST and CPUC with a model On Bill Repayment structure that synergizes all the stakeholders digital requirements utilizing Orange Button Taxonomy to attract private capital to energy projects.
PG&E is offering an On Bill Finance pilot to test and gather actionable data to support the Clean Energy Financing Options investigation and to explore leveraging private capital.
Orange Button collaboration has offered to support the PG&E pilot by working with interested schools to implement a modern digital ecosystem contract structure that utilizes and further expands the XBRL taxonomy, reduces project costs and improves risk management.
Orange Button Collaboration Group Statement
Building the Smart Grid better, faster, cheaper requires unleashing the power of standardized data. The transition to digital communications, smart contracts and electronic transactions will enable data analytics and next generation products and services. Federal and State agencies, Capital and Financial Markets and the Construction industry should implement standardized frameworks that support ecosystem data interoperability based on machine readable data standards for common data exchange.
Underwrites, funds and administers the loan
Third party underwrites and funds the loan administered by the utility
Project Owner and On Bill Finance Borrower
Project Owner and On Bill Repayment Borrower
Bids on and builds the Solar System
Provides products and services to project.
Provides project administration and data management
Provides credit facility for solar contractor
Solar Contractor Surety Broker
Works with Solar Contractor to secure surety bond
Solar Contractor Surety Company
Works with Solar Contractor and surety broker to underwrite surety bond
Solar Contractor Insurance Broker
Works with Solar Contractor to secure project insurance
Solar Contractor Insurance Company
Works with Solar Contractor to underwrite project insurance
School District Insurance broker
Provides insurance brokerage services for school district
Authority with Jurisdiction
Issues Project Permit and performs Inspections
Reporting requirements and framework for project that connect to the grid.
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting.
ESG Reporting and data for investors
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