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Improving the Accuracy of Solar Forecasting

Funding: Up to $8M Over 3 Years Total

Open Date: 04/16/2012

Close Date: 06/28/2012

Funding Organization: SunShot Initiative

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000649


DOE is supporting efforts to improve the accuracy of solar forecasting at sub-hourly, hourly, and day-ahead timeframes. By gaining a better understanding of changes in solar irradiance due to cloud formation, movement, and other weather-related factors, utility companies and power system operators can more accurately anticipate changes in solar power production and take actions to ensure the stability of the national power grid.

As part of the SunShot Initiative, this funding opportunity is designed to accommodate an expanding U.S. solar market. Advancements in solar generation, transmission technology, resource forecasting, operational practices, and regulatory procedures will collectively enable the successful integration of high levels of solar penetration on the grid. By addressing all sectors of the solar energy economy, the SunShot Initiative works to reduce the total installed cost of solar energy systems.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Additional Information:

Submission Deadline for Letters of Intent: May 16, 2012, 5 p.m. EDT

Full Applications Due: June 28, 2012, 5 p.m. EDT

Last updated: 06/22/2012

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.