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SolarAnywhere® now available for Africa and West Asia
SolarAnywhere® now available for Africa and West Asia

SolarAnywhere®, the industry’s leading solar data and intelligence service, now covers Africa and West Asia. With solar resource data available from 1999 through present and forecast, SolarAnywhere customers can access the accurate, consistent data they need for...

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Three reasons not to build your own software
Three reasons not to build your own software

We often talk with utility customers who are considering the classic build versus buy decision for software. Should they use their own utility IT staff, or a subcontractor, to build and maintain custom software? Or should they partner with a vendor with a...

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PowerClerk: Your 24/7 assistant, not just a front end tool
PowerClerk: Your 24/7 assistant, not just a front end tool

PowerClerk® as a system In the world of software, the term “front end” refers to elements that users interact with, the user interface (UI). A front end, in turn, may enable access to “back end” databases, other software, etc. Over the years, we’ve often heard...

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Destination: Integrated DER interconnection
Destination: Integrated DER interconnection

For utilities, getting to an integrated DER interconnection workflow may seem complicated. Our latest whitepaper - Resolving the Conflict Between Distribution Planning and Interconnection Processes – provides a road map for the journey. In fact, thinking about that...

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DERs take center stage at DistribuTECH
DERs take center stage at DistribuTECH

At the recent DistribuTECH Conference in San Diego, more than 13,000 attendees spent three engaging days discussing the biggest issues facing utilities today. One of the hottest topics, judging by session attendance and exhibit floor conversations, was Distributed...

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Utilities speed up interconnection with ePayments
Utilities speed up interconnection with ePayments

There is a growing expectation among utility customers that interactions with their energy providers will take place digitally, online. This “digital transformation” is unlocking opportunities for utilities to streamline business processes and increase customer...

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Why EV strategy is important for utilities: SMUD’s story
Why EV strategy is important for utilities: SMUD’s story

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption is increasing, and utilities are taking notice. In a May 25, 2017 webinar, “Shifting Utility EV Strategy into Drive: Best Practices and Lessons Learned1,” Thor Hinkley, EV senior program consultant at CLEAResult, pointed out that nearly...

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MN Solar Pathways: Illuminating pathways to 10% solar
MN Solar Pathways: Illuminating pathways to 10% solar

On March 30, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Commerce along with its core team, kicked off its Department of Energy-funded MN Solar Pathways project aimed at finding the least-risk, best-value solutions for MN to achieve its solar energy goals. Clean Power Research...

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2017: The year of the long range EV
2017: The year of the long range EV

In 2016, electric vehicle (EV) sales grew 37% and utilities initiated strategies for dealing with that growth. Six utilities and state energy agencies now use WattPlan® to provide customers with personalized and objective guidance to their EV related questions....

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NARUC aims to level the playing field for cloud software
NARUC aims to level the playing field for cloud software

In November 2016, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) approved a resolution encouraging State regulators to level the playing field for cloud software and on-premise software. Why is this resolution critically important for utilities?...

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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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Less coal, sunnier skies increasing solar project value
Less coal, sunnier skies increasing solar project value

In many regions around the world, the skies are getting cleaner thanks to controls on air pollution designed to benefit public health. The Eastern U.S. and Europe have seen dramatic improvements in air quality since the 1980s. Coal plant retirements and stricter...

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Leveraging GOES-17 for more accurate solar data
Leveraging GOES-17 for more accurate solar data

In February 2018, we blogged about the future of solar forecasting with the new NOAA/NASA GOES-16 satellite. The launch of the GOES-17 satellite held similar promise, but bringing it online ended up being problematic for NOAA/NASA—and provided a few wrinkles for those...

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Tapping the win-win-win of rate reform
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...

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Valuation of solar plus storage in Hawaii
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....

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NREL turns to SolarAnywhere for NSRDB
NREL turns to SolarAnywhere for NSRDB

Yesterday, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced the newest release of the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB). The database is widely used by solar system designers, building architects and engineers, renewable energy analysts and others to...

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Accolades for Austin Energy’s Value of Solar tariff continue
Accolades for Austin Energy’s Value of Solar tariff continue

Austin Energy’s innovative approach to compensating distributed solar owners is continuing to receive accolades across the country. In September, Austin Energy received an Innovation Award from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Earlier in the year Austin...

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Less coal, sunnier skies increasing solar project value
Less coal, sunnier skies increasing solar project value

In many regions around the world, the skies are getting cleaner thanks to controls on air pollution designed to benefit public health. The Eastern U.S. and Europe have seen dramatic improvements in air quality since the 1980s. Coal plant retirements and stricter...

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Leveraging GOES-17 for more accurate solar data
Leveraging GOES-17 for more accurate solar data

In February 2018, we blogged about the future of solar forecasting with the new NOAA/NASA GOES-16 satellite. The launch of the GOES-17 satellite held similar promise, but bringing it online ended up being problematic for NOAA/NASA—and provided a few wrinkles for those...

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