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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Are utilities prepared to handle DER administration through their 20-year lifecycle?

Today, utilities are facing pressure from customers and regulatory agencies to approve DER (distributed energy resource) applications for interconnection quickly. However, utilities will need to track and manage interconnected DERs through their lifecycle, which can be 20 years or more. Smart utilities are thinking ahead about how they will maintain…

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Can Hawaiian Electric convince customers to invest in solar and battery storage without pushing them off the grid?

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As of September 2016, all three Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO, MECO and HELCO) had reached the Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) Customer Grid-Supply program limit. Now, Hawaiians interested in installing rooftop solar will want to consider installing battery storage to offset most of the electricity they use with solar-generated energy. Of…

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DERs take center stage at DistribuTECH

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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 Energy Resource (DER) forecasting and management. DERs are disrupting the utility business…

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SolarAnywhere detects calibration error in nation’s most trusted ground site

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How accurate are SolarAnywhere® irradiance data? They are accurate enough to identify an undetected calibration error at one of the nation’s most trusted ground truth stations. Figure 1 presents Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) and Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) measured at the Fort Peck, Montana SURFRAD station and satellite-based SolarAnywhere GHI…

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Utilities speed up interconnection with ePayments

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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 satisfaction, among other things. One way utilities can take advantage of the digital transformation is by…

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3 tools to achieve error-free energy program application submissions

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Managing the energy program application process can require a lot of resources. Accurate and error-free applications are crucial for reporting, quick application reviews, tracking program performance, and in the case of utility energy programs, higher-level planning such as forecasting and grid planning. However, applications submitted in the form of PDFs…

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NARUC aims to level the playing field for cloud software

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Just last week, 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? Let’s examine the current state. The cloud revolution New service and delivery models are…

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How to reduce demand charges using solar forecasts

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The challenge is well-known by commercial building owners and PV project developers: on site solar PV generation offers excellent energy savings to commercial customers but can result in unreliable demand charge reduction benefits.  Through a recent DOE funded demonstration project, Clean Power Research and EdgePower demonstrated how use of commercial…

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