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 savings … Continued

The proof is in: Integrating PV into the grid is better with behind-the-meter solar forecasts

In recent years, Clean Power Research created a solar forecast method to accurately predict power production of “invisible,” behind-the-meter PV systems—typically those found on homes and commercial buildings. In our approach, forecasts are generated by simulating the power output of an individual system based on its defined specification and the predicted solar radiation at its … Continued

Infographic: 5 Characteristics of Great Utility Customer Engagement

Industry research indicates that utilities that successfully educate their customers about their energy options will be positioned to survive and thrive, even as the industry evolves. Here’s how utilities can get the most from their customer engagement. Want to learn more about WattPlan? Click here.

Solar Power International 2015: Solar in Disneyland

Disneyland provided the backdrop for the Solar Power International (SPI) conference in Anaheim this year. As the biggest solar-focused conference in the U.S., exhibiting at SPI provides a great opportunity to find out firsthand what is on the mind of the industry—that is, when we’re not having fun with our friends at Disney California Adventure. … Continued

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