This is an excerpt from the June 24, 2013: Solar-savvy grid funding, green-collar growth efforts, and an HOA-focused solar report edition of the SunShot newsletter.
New Funding for Grid Integration Research
The California Solar Initiative (CSI) has announced up to $7 million in funding for grid integration research through its Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RD&D) Program.
The primary objectives for the CSI RD&D Program's fourth grant solicitation include:
- Overcoming existing barriers to integrating high penetration PV into the electricity grid
- Accelerating the integration and interconnection of high penetration PV into the grid.
The CSI RD&D Program, under the oversight of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), is guided by the following seven key principles: 1. Improve the economics of solar technologies by reducing technology costs and increasing system performance 2. Focus on issues that directly benefit California, and that may not be funded by others 3. Fill knowledge gaps to enable successful, wide-scale deployment of solar distributed generation technologies 4. Overcome significant barriers to technology adoption 5. Take advantage of California's wealth of data from past, current, and future installations to fulfill the above 6. Provide bridge funding to help promising solar technologies transition from a pre-commercial state to full commercial viability 7. Support efforts to address the integration of distributed solar power into the grid in order to maximize its value to California ratepayers.
This funding opportunity supports the overall CSI goal of reaching 1,940 MW of installed solar capacity by the end of 2016, as well as enabling a self-sustaining solar market in the years beyond.
A SunShot partner, the CPUC jointly hosts the High Penetration Solar Forum each year in cooperation with the DOE Solar Office.
- Submission Deadline for Questions: June 28, 2013
- Pre-Bid Webinar: June 27, 2013, 10 a.m. PDT
- Full Applications Due: August 7, 2013, 4 p.m. PD
For more information, see the full solicitation.