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Solar+ home proven: a milestone reached
Solar+ home proven: a milestone reached

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...

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Why WattPlan Grid: Planning for DER adoption
Why WattPlan Grid: Planning for DER adoption

Eight months ago, Clean Power Research and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) formed a unique partnership to solve the critical challenge of planning for DER adoption. In the words of our partners at SMUD, this new DER planning software—called WattPlan®...

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Georgia blazing new trails with its value-based FiT
Georgia blazing new trails with its value-based FiT

California and New Jersey are known for solar policy innovation, while the states of the Southeast have tended to stay on the sidelines despite having abundant sunshine. Until now, that is. Georgia is quickly emerging as a solar power innovator. Over the past 12...

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USC 2013 insights: illuminating key utility solar issues
USC 2013 insights: illuminating key utility solar issues

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) Utility Solar Conference (USC) was held last month in Portland, Ore. This was convenient for our Kirkland, Wash., software team, so we sent four people down to join Tom Hoff from our Napa, Calif., office at the event. It was...

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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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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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Our top 3 in 2014
Our top 3 in 2014

In 2014, we covered a wide range of topics on the Clean Power Research blog, from the differences between solar resource datasets, to deep dives into value of solar calculations. The top three posts of the year followed suit, reflecting interest in topics that address...

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U.S. solar trends: 2015 edition
U.S. solar trends: 2015 edition

As everyone recovers from their New Year’s Eve festivities, shakes off the cobwebs and gets back to work, it’s time for our annual look at trends and predictions for the coming year. Who knows if we’ll be right, but it’s always fun to prognosticate. Here are the three...

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The solar value proposition part 1: A fork in the road
The solar value proposition part 1: A fork in the road

Much like Kermit the Frog and Fozzie the Bear passing a fork in the road , the explosive growth of solar has many in and around the solar industry exclaiming in Kermit-like fashion, "I don't believe it." No longer is solar relegated to being the energy option when no...

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UVIG technical achievement award presented to Tom Hoff
UVIG technical achievement award presented to Tom Hoff

Last week, the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) recognized Tom Hoff, Clean Power Research founder and president of Research and Consulting, with an award for his ongoing contributions to solar forecasting. The ability to forecast the output of tens...

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Solar forecasting goes “EPIC”
Solar forecasting goes “EPIC”

Itron and Clean Power Research are embarking on the next phase of research that will lead to high-fidelity distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) forecasts, and integration of those forecasts into net load forecasts for the California Independent System Operator (ISO)....

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Solar fleet modeling part 3: Balancing the variability of PV
Solar fleet modeling part 3: Balancing the variability of PV

In our previous two posts, we described how to incorporate PV diversity (diversity in both design configuration and geography) in fleet-level modeling, and how to generate high frequency fleet power data with 60-second temporal resolution. In this post, we will show...

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Planning for solar part 2: High frequency data
Planning for solar part 2: High frequency data

Our previous post discussed how to produce solar PV production profiles for fleets of PV systems. In it we highlighted the importance of including both system diversity (tilt, orientation, shading, etc.), and geographical diversity (system locations and relative...

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Planning for solar part 1:  Solar fleet modeling
Planning for solar part 1: Solar fleet modeling

With the proliferation of grid-connected solar—whether from a few large, utility-scale systems, or from thousands of small, behind-the-meter systems—utilities are grappling with integration of these distributed, variable power generation resources. Over the next three...

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Should I wait for Tesla’s Model 3?
Should I wait for Tesla’s Model 3?

Tesla announced the release of the Model 3 on March 31, 2016, and several hundred thousand reservations have been made. This has demonstrated a strong market demand for an electric vehicle (EV) that has three attributes: It’s attractive, has a decent range, and is...

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2016: The year of enhanced energy price competition
2016: The year of enhanced energy price competition

You can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about the price of oil. While in past years that often meant oil prices were skyrocketing, today, oil is threatening to hit 20-year lows (in inflation adjusted dollars). Right now, oil demand is so low, and supply is so...

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