Tapping the win-win-win of rate reform

Utilities nationwide are adding variety to residential electric rate plans and reconsidering how to value rooftop solar. Rate changes being considered include demand charges and net metering “2.0” policies that provide customers less than full retail credit. These changes have many questioning whether rooftop solar can continue its tremendous growth. While solar alone may be … 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

Valuation of solar plus storage in Hawaii

Clean Power Research recently took on the challenge of developing a new methodology for performing a hybrid solar plus storage (solar + storage) valuation study for systems in Hawaii. The methodology was commissioned by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) to help lay the groundwork for mitigating current challenges associated with high penetrations of … 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