energyOrbit and Ekotrope Partner to Help Utilities Streamline Energy Efficiency Programs

As the world increasingly focuses on enacting efforts to protect the environment, two energy efficiency companies are partnering to encourage businesses and residents to embrace energy efficiency programs delivered through utilities and third-party implementers. energyOrbit, which offers a software solution for cloud energy efficiency and demand-side management (DSM), and Ekotrope, which facilitates energy ratings and data sharing for residential buildings, have formed a technical integration, initially focused on new ENERGY STAR homes.

The new integration recognizes the growth in energy efficiency programs, including distributed energy and electrification. It enables home energy raters to automatically and seamlessly push Ekotrope's assessment data to energyOrbit for real-time utility program validation and payment via a shared Salesforce API. Previously, organizations would need to go to another solution provider first to validate home energy scores, identify home locations, and more, adding time and the potential for error. 

The integration will make it easier for utility or third-party program administrators to factor ratings data into their energy efficiency programs, beginning with pre-qualification of data. Ekotrope and energyOrbit estimates a potential 60 to 80 percent time savings through their integrated solution.

"Partnering with Ekotrope is a logical step to streamline energy efficiency assessment for our customers," said Udi Merhav, CEO and founder, energyOrbit. "We see the coming growth in more distributed energy and electrification implementations. This broadens our footprint in the DSM landscape to best serve our commitment to protecting the environment and addressing climate change."

"We want to provide a data highway for our customers. This new integration with energyOrbit's solution removes the human element from data transfer and validation, providing a more streamlined process," said Ziv Rozenblum, founder and CEO, Ekotrope. "This is quicker and more accurate, helping eliminate quality control headaches, allowing builders to make smarter decisions, and delivering a best-in-class solution to our shared customers."

ENERGY STAR is a federal program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy that promotes energy efficiency. It uses different standardized methods to provide information on the energy consumption of products and devices.

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