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Electric vehicles provide large GHG reductions in Minnesota
Electric vehicles provide large GHG reductions in Minnesota

This week’s blog post is a contribution from our guest author Dane McFarlane, of Great Plains Institute (GPI) and was originally published on GPI's Better Energy, Better World. To learn more about how Clean Power Research is helping customers understand the value of...

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The Future of the NREL Solar Prospector and Public Solar Data
The Future of the NREL Solar Prospector and Public Solar Data

Solar Prospector Sunsetting As many of you have heard, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be sunsetting the Solar Prospector tool. The Solar Prospector tool was last updated in 2012 by NREL, and its purpose was to provide mapping and data analysis in...

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Will utilities fully unlock the value that rate change offers?
Will utilities fully unlock the value that rate change offers?

The U.S. utility industry is on the precipice of a tremendous value creation opportunity. Emerging challenges such as increasing renewable generation, new regulatory pressures, the growing number of consumer energy products, and declining load are leading to evolution...

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PowerClerk as the DER interconnection control center
PowerClerk as the DER interconnection control center

Modern utilities are collecting and storing more data about their customers and the grid than ever before. This data is captured for many different business purposes and is stored in a multitude of systems “owned” by separate utility organizations. These local or...

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CAISO addresses changing grid infrastructure
CAISO addresses changing grid infrastructure

In a recent interview with Fierce Energy, President and CEO of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), Steve Berberich, spoke about where CAISO is headed in 2013. As one of the largest electric grid operators in the United States, CAISO is responsible for...

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Electric vehicles + solar: an idea whose time has come
Electric vehicles + solar: an idea whose time has come

You’ve likely heard about the partnerships springing up between electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers and solar (PV) system providers. Most recently, Honda and SolarCity announced a plan that allows Honda customers to install solar with a low upfront cost and see an...

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Tilt vs. flat-mount PV: does it really matter?
Tilt vs. flat-mount PV: does it really matter?

Have you ever wondered if PV system orientation really makes that much difference to the amount of power produced by a PV system? As the map below illustrates, the answer is typically yes, but to varying degrees. This ‘Energy Gains’ map depicts how tilting solar...

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Get smart about FiTs: get SmartFiT
Get smart about FiTs: get SmartFiT

As effective as FiT programs have been in promoting solar in countries such as Germany and Spain, they have sometimes become victims of their own success, leading to boom/bust cycles and political targeting. The SmartFiT is an alternative solution that has the...

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Solar incentives start strong in 2013
Solar incentives start strong in 2013

Ringing in a new year generally means a busy time for our PowerClerk® Incentives customers, as it often coincides with the opening of new incentive funding. 2013 has been no exception. In January, Imperial Irrigation District (IID) in California, and Rocky Mountain...

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Top 2013 trends part 2: the NEM debate
Top 2013 trends part 2: the NEM debate

Last week we identified the first of three big trends for the solar industry in 2013: soft cost reduction. This week, we look at the next big trend: a re-evaluation of net energy metering (NEM). While discussions about NEM aren’t new, they’ll be accelerating in 2013....

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Valuing solar: a matter of perspective
Valuing solar: a matter of perspective

2012 has seen a backlash against distributed generation net metering, particularly solar distributed generation. Most utilities in most states currently have some form of net metering, which is a simple mechanism for assigning a value to distributed generation that is...

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3 steps to reducing solar customer acquisition costs
3 steps to reducing solar customer acquisition costs

In anticipation of the soon-to-be released NREL report that benchmarks solar soft costs in 2010, plenty of media attention is being given to soft-cost reduction strategies. According to NREL’s data, customer acquisition and system design make up 11 percent of the cost...

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