How Duke Energy sped up payment processing by 90% with ePayments

In late 2016, Clean Power Research announced a new integration between PowerClerk® and Stripe for ePayment processing. Stripe allows applicants to pay fees such as application fees via an online system integrated with PowerClerk’s workflow, rather than physically mailing checks or other forms of out-of-band payment. Clean Power Research selected Stripe…

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The August 21st solar eclipse: How and where it’ll impact solar production

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On August 21, 2017, the U.S. will experience a solar eclipse for the first time since May 2012. The eclipse will cause an obscuration of the sun’s light, resulting in a reduction of the energy from irradiance that will hit the Earth’s surface. As the eclipse crosses the U.S., it…

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Three reasons not to build your own software

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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 commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software application that can be…

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Adapting utility processes to the reality of distributed PV

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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 how SolarAnywhere® FleetView® software can be used…

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

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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 PowerClerk, our industry-leading program…

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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 is a member of the core team, which also…

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What is the value of accurate solar forecasting for utility-scale PV plants?

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The importance and source of solar forecasting With an increasing number of installed utility-scale PV plants and a growing need for predictable energy generation, the solar industry has started paying attention to solar forecasting. The reasons behind this are: Solar generation is variable in nature. Being able to predict solar…

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