Developing a Business Practice Manual to Improve Grid Interconnection
In particular, the Clean Coalition is excited by its partnership with SEPA, which will facilitate efforts to gather national interconnection information.
As part of the DOE SunShot Rooftop Solar Challenge, the Clean Coalition continues its leadership in grid interconnection reform through a new initiative encouraging utilities to publish a standard Business Practice Manual (BPM).
The first phase of the BPM Initiative calls for utilities to publish current interconnection procedures in a standard format. This will help reduce the ‘soft costs’ of solar installation by streamlining access to information that is often challenging for solar developers to attain.
Future phases of this initiative will focus on creating a national “gold standard” BPM, which will guide utilities across the country towards better interconnection processes. When the Clean Coalition hosted a webinar explaining the BPM concept in June, a range of groups expressed interest in supporting this initiative. In particular, the Clean Coalition is excited by its partnership with the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), which will greatly facilitate efforts to gather national interconnection information.