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Plug and Play Photovoltaics

Open Date: 04/16/2012

Close Date: 06/18/2012

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000653


Through the Plug and Play Photovoltaics Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Department of Energy will invest up to $25 million over five years to advance the development of a commercial plug-and-play photovoltaic system, which is envisioned as an off-the-shelf product that is fully inclusive with little need for individual customization. Homeowners can install the system without special training or tools. The homeowner simply plugs the system into a PV-ready circuit and an automatic PV discovery process initiates communication between the system and the utility.

The plug-and-play concept has been implemented very successfully in the computer and automotive industries. The Department of Energy believes that these same innovations can be applied to the PV industry to reduce costs and simplify installations. This funding opportunity seeks to fundamentally change the design and installation of residential PV systems and help automate utility interconnection and permitting processes. Universities, industry, utilities, local authorities having jurisdiction, national laboratories, and other stakeholders are encouraged to submit full applications by June 18, 2012.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 04/24/2012

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.