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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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Observational MET programs reduce uncertainty
Observational MET programs reduce uncertainty

This week, we're pleased to present a post from GroundWork® Renewables' CEO Ann Gaglioti. Measuring irradiance data in the field reduces the uncertainty of the energy production assessment and results in a measurable return on investment during project financing. In...

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What does “online” application processing really mean?
What does “online” application processing really mean?

In the era of web-based technologies that streamline business processes and enable automation, the natural solution to handling complicated application processes is an online platform. But what does ‘online’ really mean? Based on more than a decade serving more than...

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Quantifying day-ahead solar energy forecast uncertainty
Quantifying day-ahead solar energy forecast uncertainty

Solar resource variability is an unavoidable natural characteristic that impacts solar power forecasting. However, its impact on forecast uncertainty can be reduced by providing information on predictive uncertainty, along with deterministic forecast values. Having...

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Version control: Your bankable signpost in a digital world
Version control: Your bankable signpost in a digital world

If you own an iPhone, you’ve seen the familiar message “iOS 9.3.3 is available for your iPhone and is ready to install.” If you’re like me, you hit “Remind me later” a few dozen times before you actually install the update. Call me paranoid, but I always have to take...

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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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20-million solar calculations served
20-million solar calculations served

This week, the engine that powers Clean Power Estimator® calculated its 20-millionth solar estimation (at least since we started counting). This marks a milestone for Clean Power Research and is a bellwether of industry growth. Since it launched in 1998, the rate of...

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Reflections on SPI 2012 and Bill Clinton’s keynote
Reflections on SPI 2012 and Bill Clinton’s keynote

The highlight of Solar Power International 2012 (SPI) was former President Bill Clinton’s keynote - proof positive that the solar industry has come of age. Many of us remember the small solar tradeshows of yesteryear with a few dozen booths and a few hundred...

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