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IID to Streamline Solar Interconnection Process Through the Use of New Software Platform


The Imperial Irrigation District announced that it is working to integrate a software solution, PowerClerk, into its solar interconnection application process, marking a pivotal moment in the district’s commitment to streamline and expedite the solar interconnection process for its customers.

IID expects to significantly enhance the efficiency, transparency, and overall experience for customers who seek to interconnect solar energy systems to the grid through PowerClerk, a workflow automation platform designed to optimize and simplify the complex procedures involved in solar interconnection.

“This transition represents a significant leap forward in simplifying the journey toward renewable energy, underscoring our continuous commitment to sustainability and customer service excellence,” said Matt Smelser, manager of IID’s Energy Department. “We are excited to introduce the use of this technology as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance the solar interconnection process for our customers.”

IID expects to begin implementing the new platform in January 2024 and will start by working with a handful of contractors to get their feedback and experience, so the district can make any necessary adaptations before full rollout.

As of mid-December 2023, throughout its service area, IID had integrated energy from over 9,200 solar systems (135 megawatts) into its electric grid with another 745 applications (24.2 MW) in process for new solar connections.

The implementation of PowerClerk is a testament to IID’s proactive approach in embracing technology to better serve its customers and the environment. This enhancement is poised to bring about a positive transformation in the solar interconnection experience, ensuring a smoother, faster, and more accessible process for all stakeholders.

Deployment of the platform aligns with IID’s dedication to foster sustainable energy solutions and promote renewable energy adoption within its service area. By leveraging PowerClerk, the district reinforces its commitment to environmental stewardship, while empowering the community to embrace solar energy with greater ease.

PowerClerk’s user-friendly interface empowers customers to navigate the interconnection process seamlessly, from initial application submission to final approval. The system will not only provide clear guidance, but also ensure a more responsive and organized workflow for both applicants and IID personnel.

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