Innovation

Relentlessly Pursuing Better Ways of Doing Things

From innovative software to new products and business models, 7X never stops looking for ways to make it easier, faster, and more affordable for our customers to procure utility-scale solar power. Here are some examples.

SolarBlocks™

Designed for corporate energy buyers in markets with retail choice, SolarBlocks is the industry’s first block-and-index power product in which the blocks of energy are generated by a greenfield solar plant developed by 7X. SolarBlocks offers companies more flexibility and shorter contract terms than a traditional PPA, coupled with a familiar energy procurement experience through retail electric providers. Best of all, corporations can still claim additionality and receive RECs.
Download the SolarBlocks product overview (PDF).

Smart Power Maps™

To reduce the soft costs of solar development, 7X developed Smart Power Maps (SPM), a geospatial software visualization platform that accelerates the site selection process. With SPM, we can identify ideal greenfield sites based on dozens of factors, such as solar resource, proximity to transmission infrastructure, and topography. It also helps us to identify potential design and construction challenges early-on so that we can plan around them and avoid costly delays. The speed and efficiency of SPM minimizes risks on our projects and reduces our development timeframe and costs. We pass the savings on to our customers in the form of low PPA pricing.

Project Explorer™

Our customers wanted an easy way to track the progress of our sites in development. In response, we developed Project Explorer—a Web-based tool that shows the locations and details of our sites and how close each is to operational status. This information helps, for example, a technology company with a commitment to renewable energy pinpoint viable areas for a new data center.

Boost PPA™

Smaller electric cooperatives want to procure solar power at the same low PPA rates larger utilities can obtain. But, most co-ops have too small a load serving need to cost-justify a utility-scale project of their own. Our solution: BoostPPA, a product which aggregates the load serving needs of several co-ops at one site and distributes development costs among them. By doing so, each participating co-op benefits from lower PPA pricing.

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