ConnectTheGrid ™

Challenge Accepted

Distributed generation (DG) systems, such as residential solar PV, are installed in the United States every four minutes. Electric utilities can’t keep up with the influx of applications for interconnection, the act of connecting this equipment to the power grid. Our broad industry experience coupled with our deep technology skills allowed West Monroe to build ConnectTheGrid ™, a software solution that helps our utility clients enroll and manage DG assets.

See how it works
ConnectTheGrid ™ is a scalable, cloud-based resource for utilities that provides a step-by-step workflow for application approvals, acting as the master data source for DER assets.
Our Results

Usage of an electronic interconnection enrollment tool is estimated to have reduced processing time for utility employees by between 50% and 60%.

Our utility clients now use a single system of record to determine what customer-sited assets are energized when servicing areas of their grid.

Our deep skillset in cloud deployment has allowed us to implement this solution working within the security constraints of our utility clients.

Highlights
  • Reduce processing costs associated with interconnecting new DG systems by streamlining the review process.

  • Create a system of record for all DG asset data by electronically capturing application data, files, and customer correspondence.

  • Fast track interconnection approvals by giving utility engineers the data and visibility they need to approve the next DG system.

  • Engage utility customers by offering real-time transparency into the interconnection approval process via an easy to use, web-based interface – no more paper forms.

  • Leverage the Microsoft Azure cloud to ensure security, high availability, scalability and high performance.