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Request for Information: Plug-and-Play Technologies and Systems

Funding: No funding available; request for information only

Open Date: 01/04/2012

Close Date: 01/31/2012

Funding Organization: SunShot Initiative

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000634


As part of the SunShot Initiative, DOE is investigating the development of transformational plug-and-play technologies and systems to reduce balance-of-system soft costs, which include permitting, inspection, and grid interconnection. When installing a photovoltaic (PV) system is as simple as plugging an appliance into a wall outlet, the residential PV market will grow at an accelerated rate.

This request for information (RFI) informs a potential funding opportunity that aims to reduce process-related barriers for grid and distributed PV systems as a whole and explore new technology pathways to reduce total system costs and ease installation. The topic areas cover, but are not limited to:

  • PV module technology 
  • Power electronics design
  • Grid integration approaches
  • Racking hardware design
  • System installation process.

Respondents are asked to comment on the questions in the RFI.  Respondents are also encouraged to comment on the value of the anticipated plug-and-play PV systems, as well as your organization's anticipated interest in participating in such an opportunity.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 01/05/2012

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.