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Paul Grana, Founder of Helioscope, Sales & Design Software for Commercial Solar | EP167

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There are a few tools in the solar installer’s tool belt that are truly indispensable. Helioscope is one of those tools that are game changing especially for commercial solar installers and developers. Today on the Clean Power Hour, Tim Montague is joined by Paul Grana, co-founder and GM of Helioscope, to tell the story of Helioscope from inception to acquisition in 2019 by Aurora Solar.
Grana started his clean energy journey in hardware, working for startups like Tigo (see EP120 for more about Tigo). Seeing inefficiencies in solar design workflows inspired him to build Helioscope in 2015.
Helioscope provides solar installers an intuitive cloud-based design platform that reduces design costs by 90%. By streamlining solar design and sales, Helioscope cuts soft costs and accelerates project development. Grana explains how Helioscope optimizes the entire customer journey from proposal to permitting.
In 2019, Helioscope was acquired by Aurora Solar. This happened because Helioscope was being courted by another suitor and Grana noticed that Aurora did a big capital raise which inspired him to reach out and see if they could do a deal which then happened in a matter of weeks.
Now under Aurora, Helioscope continues innovating solar design through merged capabilities. Grana discusses the future integration of the platforms, while maintaining differences where needed. He emphasizes their focus on user needs to determine shared logins, billing and more.
Grana sees huge potential to further reduce costs through software innovation as solar scales exponentially. By making solar design accessible, collaborative and fast, Helioscope aims to deliver solar energy at the terawatt scale.

Key Takeaways

  1. How did Paul Grana transition from solar hardware to realizing major software inefficiencies?
  2. Why was Helioscope founded and how does it streamline solar design?
  3. What are the unique benefits of Helioscope for commercial and residential solar?
  4. How did Helioscope come to be acquired by Aurora Solar?
  5. What is the future outlook for integration between Helioscope and Aurora while still meeting user needs?

Paul Grana
Helioscope

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The Clean Power Hour is brought to you by CPS America, maker of North America’s number one 3-phase string inverter, with over 6GW shipped in the US. With a focus on commercial and utility-scale solar and energy storage, the company partners with customers to provide unparalleled performance and service. The CPS America product lineup includes 3-phase string inverters from 25kW to 275kW, exceptional data communication and controls, and energy storage solutions designed for seamless integration with CPS America systems. Learn more at www.chintpowersystems.com

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There are a few tools in the solar installer’s tool belt that are truly indispensable. Helioscope is one of those tools that are game changing especially for commercial solar installers and developers. Today on the Clean Power Hour, Tim Montague is joined by Paul Grana, co-founder and GM of Helioscope, to tell the story of Helioscope from inception to acquisition in 2019 by Aurora Solar.
Grana started his clean energy journey in hardware, working for startups like Tigo (see EP120 for more about Tigo). Seeing inefficiencies in solar design workflows inspired him to build Helioscope in 2015.
Helioscope provides solar installers an intuitive cloud-based design platform that reduces design costs by 90%. By streamlining solar design and sales, Helioscope cuts soft costs and accelerates project development. Grana explains how Helioscope optimizes the entire customer journey from proposal to permitting.
In 2019, Helioscope was acquired by Aurora Solar. This happened because Helioscope was being courted by another suitor and Grana noticed that Aurora did a big capital raise which inspired him to reach out and see if they could do a deal which then happened in a matter of weeks.
Now under Aurora, Helioscope continues innovating solar design through merged capabilities. Grana discusses the future integration of the platforms, while maintaining differences where needed. He emphasizes their focus on user needs to determine shared logins, billing and more.
Grana sees huge potential to further reduce costs through software innovation as solar scales exponentially. By making solar design accessible, collaborative and fast, Helioscope aims to deliver solar energy at the terawatt scale.

Key Takeaways

  1. How did Paul Grana transition from solar hardware to realizing major software inefficiencies?
  2. Why was Helioscope founded and how does it streamline solar design?
  3. What are the unique benefits of Helioscope for commercial and residential solar?
  4. How did Helioscope come to be acquired by Aurora Solar?
  5. What is the future outlook for integration between Helioscope and Aurora while still meeting user needs?

Paul Grana
Helioscope

Support the Show.

Connect with Tim

Clean Power Hour
Clean Power Hour on YouTube
Tim on Twitter
Tim on LinkedIn

Email tim@cleanpowerhour.com

Review Clean Power Hour on Apple Podcasts
The Clean Power Hour is produced by the Clean Power Consulting Group and created by Tim Montague. Contact us by email: CleanPowerHour@gmail.com

Corporate sponsors who share our mission to speed the energy transition are invited to check out https://www.cleanpowerhour.com/support/

The Clean Power Hour is brought to you by CPS America, maker of North America’s number one 3-phase string inverter, with over 6GW shipped in the US. With a focus on commercial and utility-scale solar and energy storage, the company partners with customers to provide unparalleled performance and service. The CPS America product lineup includes 3-phase string inverters from 25kW to 275kW, exceptional data communication and controls, and energy storage solutions designed for seamless integration with CPS America systems. Learn more at www.chintpowersystems.com

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