Powering maps with the distributed generation system-of-record

Mapping is an indispensable tool for electric utilities to understand their distribution networks and related capacities to maintain power quality and reliability. The addition of new distributed generation, including rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, can present a challenge to utilities, particularly as the volume of interconnection requests and the resulting total capacity of installed systems … Continued

Intelligently manage distributed solar fleets with an online system-of-record

Administrating an interconnection or incentive program can be challenging, especially when it comes to keeping track of all the data. With multiple systems-of-record, program administrators can be forced to search through emails, paper documents, document management systems, legacy databases, file shares and more to find information for a single project. Dispersion of project information wastes … Continued

Tucson Electric Power innovation makes utility-owned solar accessible for all

As solar has gained popularity, some utilities are getting into the business by offering residential customers utility-owned solar. This is often a good option for homeowners who want to save money on their utility bills with minimal out-of-pocket costs and freedom from maintenance worries. Utilities also benefit from owning distributed solar resources, which become part … Continued

NV Energy cuts interconnection costs by 63% while application volumes swell

NV Energy’s incentive and interconnection application volumes have grown tremendously in the past 12 months—by 15 times. As many program administrators know, this type of rapid growth can overwhelm the administrative staff, leading to processing delays and unhappy customers. In order to handle the increased workload, NV Energy took their interconnection processing online using PowerClerk®. … Continued

Our top 3 in 2014

In 2014, we covered a wide range of topics on the Clean Power Research blog, from the differences between solar resource datasets, to deep dives into value of solar calculations. The top three posts of the year followed suit, reflecting interest in topics that address the impacts of a rapidly growing solar market to utilities, … Continued