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Recovery Act: High Penetration Solar Deployment

Funding: Up to $37.5M Total; Maximum Per Award Varies By Topic

Open Date: 05/27/2009

Close Date: 07/30/2009

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000085


This project will accelerate the placement of high levels of photovoltaic (PV) penetration into existing or newly designed distribution circuits. By facilitating increased growth of grid-tied PV installations, this project supports the SETP mission to accelerate widespread commercialization of clean solar energy technologies in the United States. The three goals are:

  • Develop modeling tools and database of experience with high penetration scenarios of PV on a distribution system
  • Develop monitoring, control, and integration systems to enable cost-effective widespread deployment of small modular PV systems
  • Demonstrate integration of PV and energy storage into Smart Grid applications.

The project's success will require both modeling tools and actual performance and validation data, so the focus will be in four R&D areas: improved modeling tools development, field verification of high-penetration levels of PV into the distribution grid, modular power architecture, and demonstration of PV and energy storage for Smart Grids.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 05/27/2009

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.