SPI 2014: Clean Power Research targets US interconnection soft cost reduction

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Clean Power Research will be demonstrating ‘PowerClerk’ at Solar Power International 2014. The new software, funded by a US DoE SunShot Incubator award, takes solar interconnection online to streamline application processes, shorten time to interconnection and reduce soft costs.

Problem

According to the Solar Electric Power Association research report “Distributed Solar Interconnection Challenges and Best Practices”, utilities that use an online interconnection platform are able to process applications twice as quickly as the approximately 85% of utilities that only accept emailed, mailed or in-person applications.

Solution

PowerClerk is a scalable business process management platform that will enable utilities of all types to quickly and cost-effectively take their interconnection processes online with no internal development. It is designed to help reduce soft costs for both utilities and installers through streamlined processes, better communication and shorter time to interconnection. With PowerClerk Interconnect, utility program administrators are able to take control of interconnection processes, workflows and forms can be defined and quickly updated to meet changes in program requirements without requiring IT involvement. The software provides error-free auto-document generation, electronic signatures and electronic document storage and streamlines formerly paper-intensive processes, reducing the time it takes to process applications. Application status visibility and built-in automatic email features keep customers informed through each stage of the interconnection process, reducing the number of customer calls. 

Applications

Online PV system interconnection programs.

Platform

Interconnected solar fleet data is stored in secure databases, making it programmatically accessible for reporting and integration with customer engagement, planning and operational tools such as ‘WattPlan’ and ‘SolarAnywhere’ ‘FleetView’. Using the PowerClerk application programming interface (API), installers can automate application submittal directly from their quoting, customer relationship management (CRM) or sales automation software. 

Availability

Currently available and processed more than 230,000 applications representing more than 4.4 GW of capacity.

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