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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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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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Adapting utility processes to the reality of distributed PV
Adapting utility processes to the reality of distributed PV

Utility processes and systems impacted by distributed PV In previous blog posts, we’ve looked at how the growth of distributed PV can impact grid operation at the system level. These blogs addressed how distributed PV can lead to the often referenced “duck curve,” and...

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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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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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2014 solar trends episode 3: Solar Financing – A New Hope
2014 solar trends episode 3: Solar Financing – A New Hope

Financing has been with solar since its earliest days. Before the lease and the power purchase agreement (PPA), residential solar customers would often purchase systems with cash. Cash payments are a form of financing, as the customer is choosing to purchase a solar...

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Power from solar: how much can you expect?
Power from solar: how much can you expect?

Determining whether solar is right for you depends in large part on the amount of solar resource available where you live. Each month, we generate the PV Power Map using SolarAnywhere® irradiance data. These maps provide more than just an indication of the solar...

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How to reduce solar risk from seasonal variability: Part II
How to reduce solar risk from seasonal variability: Part II

As we discussed in an article last month, it’s no secret that solar power generation can vary from season-to-season based on local weather conditions. So given this variability, how do PV system owners—whether residential, third-party, commercial or utility-scale...

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Reducing PV project risk (and costs) with better PV modeling
Reducing PV project risk (and costs) with better PV modeling

Investment in PV presents unique risks, as the amount of energy a PV system produces is as variable as the weather. Unfortunately, quantifying PV risk can be just as daunting as predicting the weather. Today, researchers have access to more research methods and more...

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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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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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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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Intersolar North America 2014: The year of O&M and bankability
Intersolar North America 2014: The year of O&M and bankability

I often hear complaints that solar tradeshows aren’t offering much that is new and exciting—but I beg to differ. Every year I see trends emerging—trends that are often overlooked until months after the show. Intersolar North America was no exception. This year I was...

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