One of the important strategies laid out in the CSI RD&D plan is to leverage cost-sharing funds from other research entities such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory  (NREL), and the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, as well as building on past experiences in California.  By integrating new research with lessons learned, the CSI RD&D program will maximize the usefulness of ratepayer funds.

Here is a partial list of CSI RD&D solar research program partners and program descriptions:

Advanced Research Projects Agency
The Advanced Projects Research Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) was established within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the 2007 America Competes Act. Authorized but without an initial budget, ARPA-E received $400 million funding in April 2009 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Modeled after the successful Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for technological innovations such as the Internet and the stealth technology found in the F117A and other modern fighter aircraft, ARPA-E's mission is to fund projects that will develop transformational technologies that reduce America's dependence on foreign energy imports; reduce U.S. energy related emissions (including greenhouse gasses); improve energy efficiency across all sectors of the U.S. economy and ensure that the U.S. maintains its leadership in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies.

DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program
Related Links on Photovoltaic Research and Development for the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy division.

December 16, 2010
DOE to Fund up to $50 Million to Demonstrate Innovative, Cost-Competitive Solar Energy Technologies

Washington, DC - Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the Department's intent to fund up to $50 million to test and demonstrate innovative technologies that will lead to cost-competitive solar energy technologies. The demonstration program will be a critical link between the Department of Energy's advanced technology development programs and full-scale commercialization efforts. The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) will serve as a proving ground for cutting-edge solar technologies, such as concentrating solar thermal power and concentrating photovoltaic energy, which can be used for utility applications in the Southwestern United States where there is an abundance of solar energy. 

Photovoltaic Research at NREL

Describes the PV research activities and program areas at the National Renewable Energy Lab.

Public Interest Energy Research, California Energy Commission
The Energy Commission's Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Division supports public interest energy research, development, and demonstration. RD&D activities include providing contracts and grants for research and development of energy technologies and related scientific activities.