Hot Topics at DistribuTECH 2018: The rise of DERMS, integrated interconnection and DER adoption planning

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Every year we’re inspired at DistribuTECH, where in 2018 more than 11,000 participants from over 70 countries gathered in San Antonio to discuss the latest topics on grid modernization. For Clean Power Research and our customers, there was ample evidence that many of the topics we’ve focused on the past…

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The future of solar forecasting with the new GOES-16 satellite

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The SolarAnywhere® team transforms satellite images into industry-leading solar irradiance data. We make algorithms, not satellites, so when NOAA/NASA upgrades the hardware, we take notice of the possibilities—and get to work. On January 2, 2018 we made a seamless transition to the new NOAA/NASA GOES-East (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) for…

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SolarAnywhere FleetView Forecasts Top EPRI Study

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently completed a solar forecasting trial designed to help utilities understand the value that accurate solar prediction can bring to their energy market schedules and balancing operations. SolarAnywhere® FleetView® fared well in the trial, displaying the highest levels of accuracy in its PV generation…

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Attention DER/PV interconnection teams: Your system planners are relying on you!

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Recently I spoke with two very large investor owned utilities (IOUs) that are trying to backfill information for thousands and in some cases tens-of-thousands of PV systems located in their service territories. In other words, these system planners do not have equipment specifications for distributed energy resources (DERs) on their…

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Evidence of satellite-truth when comparing to ground irradiance measurements

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Troubleshooting ground measurements with satellite irradiance data We recently reported how the use of SolarAnywhere® Data made it possible for us to detect an unreported irradiance sensor calibration issue at one of the nation’s most trusted reference stations: the SURFRAD station of Fort Peck, Montana. We also reported in a…

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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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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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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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