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

Five to thrive: Key characteristics of great utility customer engagement

“The utilities that succeed in educating their residential customers may be [the best positioned not only] to survive, but [also to] thrive in the new customer-centric electricity landscape that is now taking shape.” – 2015 Utility Residential Customer Education Survey, Utility Dive This statement was a key finding of a survey of 144 power-sector executives conducted … Continued

Lessons from SEPA’s Utility Solar Conference Part 1: Get electric rates right to fill the belly of the duck

The Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPA) annual Utility Solar Conference (USC) is the premier utility solar conference in the United States, and the in-depth discussions between utility and industry leaders can be counted on to portend where solar is heading. At this year’s event, held in San Diego, two topics stood out: Utilities should “get … Continued

Connecting 150,000 solar customers to PG&E’s electric grid

This week, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced a major milestone: connection of 150,000 solar customers to their electric grid. This achievement is the result of PG&E’s long commitment to supporting their customers going solar, and comes with some pretty amazing stats*: Today PG&E has more solar customers than any other utility in the U.S. … Continued