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

Two years of operating a solar+ home: Does it work?

This article is a follow-on to Clean Power Research’s 11-part series on Solar+ homes series. Solar+ homes describes how homeowners can combine simple energy efficiency measures, solar PV, electric vehicles (EVs) and appliance electrification to create households that are fully powered by solar electricity—even in existing homes. A Solar+ home provides substantial economic and environmental … 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

West vs. south: Why change the orientation of your solar PV system

Originally published in the March/April issue of Solar Today.  Within the solar industry, it’s common knowledge that the optimal orientation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in the Northern Hemisphere is typically south, to maximize electricity production over the life of the system. Recently, however, there has been much discussion, and even incentives being offered, for … Continued