The California Solar Initiative's RD&D Program has now concluded after operating since 2008 through 2016. All solicitations and research projects are now complete.



 Program overview + Research briefs       

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 Program overview  [13 MB ]

 Research briefs  (high resolution)                     

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For more information on the research projects and resulting reports please review the section below. All completed final reports are also available separately for review and download. 

FINAL REPORTS for completed projects along with individual research briefs can be found here.


CSI RD&D Program - Program Evaluation 



 Report Summary       

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 Final Report  [3 MB ]


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Funded Projects

This is a database of projects funded by the CSI RD&D. The project summaries are listed alphabetically below. You may also choose a subset of projects by clicking a keyword, or using the search function.

PV Integrated Storage: Demonstrating Mutually Beneficial Utility-Customer Business Partnerships

Current Highlights:

FINAL PROJECT REPORT. August 2016  [PDF]  (5 MB)

DRAFT final report [doc] Aug 10, 2016

Aug 11, 2016

  • Webinar slide deck [PDF]
  • Webinar recording [mp4]

Project Information

Solicitation: Solicitation 4
Target Area: Grid Integration
Awardee: Energy and Environmental Economics (E3)

Energy SolutionsSacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)SunvergeUC Berkeley & CA Institute for Energy & Environment (CIEE)Sungevity, and the Rocky Mountain Institute

With a letter of support from:
Pacific Gas &Electric (PG&E)

CSI Funding: $815,500
Match Funding: $1,072,980
Start Date: May 2014
End Date: May 2016
Status: Complete

Contact Information

Principal Investigator Name: Eric Cutter
Principal Investigator Email: eric @ ethree.com
Principal Investigator Phone: 415-391-5100
Grant Manager Name: Smita Gupta
Grant Manager Email: smita.gupta @ itron.com
Grant Manager Phone: 509-891-3189

Project Summary

The E3 team will demonstrate the performance and benefits of PV integrated energy storage and demand response. Using a 34 unit zero net energy (ZNE) development in Sacramento, the E3 team will implement control strategies to both reduce customer bills and provide distribution system benefits for PV integration. These strategies including time-of-use pricing and peak load reduction, firming PV generation, demand response, shaping net loads, scheduling and dispatch of spinning reserves and voltage support. The project will demonstrate the benefits of PV integrated with storage and demand response to both the customer and the utility and will result in program recommendations for utilities and policy makers.

Deliverables and Documents


Final Project ReportPV Integrated Storage: Demonstrating Mutually Beneficial Utility-Customer Business Partnerships. Cutter, E. Energy & Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3). August 2016.  PDF  (5 MB)


PV Integrated Storage – Demonstrating Mutually Beneficial Utility Customer Business Partnerships. Cutter, Eric. E3. 26 June 2014.  PDF  (1 MB)

Aug 11, 2016

  • Webinar slide deck [PDF]
  • Webinar recording [mp4]


DRAFT final report [doc] Aug 10, 2016

Project Activities

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