In an interview with Greentech Media at the Grid Edge Live conference on Tuesday, Yates described a possible strategy. Although the company has not yet solidified any specific solar offerings, Yates said he was interested in using Opower’s “customer care automation” platform to help utilities sell shares in community solar programs and run the billing process.
“We’re looking at ways of pursuing the management of community solar,” he said.
Yates stressed that Opower had not closed any deals or developed a targeted strategy to run community solar, but said he was "having conversations" with utilities about being involved in the process. He pointed to the emergence of community-scale solar in Colorado and other states as a way for power companies to offer customers an equity stake in solar projects while potentially avoiding net metering.