Primary area: Grid Integration
Secondary areas: Production Technologies and Business Development and Deployment

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is pleased to announce the release of its Third Grant Solicitation for the Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RD&D) Program.

  • Download the full Third Solicitation document here
  • Download templates for Exhibit A (coverpage) and B (Budget Summary) in MS Word format here .

Solicitation Summary

Up to $12 million in funding is available through this solicitation, with $9 million allocated to fund grid integration projects and up to $3 million available to fund smaller projects in the areas of production technologies or/or business development and deployment. Any individual, business, public entity, non-profit institution, university, or national laboratory is eligible to apply for funding. A minimum of 50% match funding is required for each project.

Award Information

Target Area
Grid Integration
Production Technologies and Business Models

Estimated Funding for Area

$9 million

$3 million

$12 million

Estimated Per-Project Funding

$500,000 - $2 million

$200k - $500k


Key Dates

Grant Solicitation Released July 14, 2011
Pre-bid Webinar August 2, 2011 (10:00 am PDT)
Deadline to Submit Questions August 2, 2011
DUE DATE for Grant Proposals September 1, 2011 by 4:00 pm PDT
Grants Approved by CPUC (estimate) Early December, 2011
Grant Start Date (estimate) January - Febuary, 2011


Any individual, business, public entity, non-profit organization, university, or national laboratory is eligible to apply to this solicitation. Itron and its subcontractors are not eligible to apply for funding from any solicitation under the CSI RD&D Program.


The questions and answers for Solicitation#3 are now available here .

Pre-bid Webinar

Aug 2, 2011 10 am PDT.

  • Download the pre-bid presentation here
  • Download the attendee list here

Please Note: for the moment this video is only visible in Internet Explorer. We are working on a cross platform version. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Submission of Proposals

Submit your proposal here.

Deadline Sept 1, 2011 4 pm PDT

Key Principles of the Solar RD&D Program

SB 1, signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in August 2006 , authorizes the CPUC to allocate $50 million of the CSI funds for research, demonstration, and deployment of solar technologies. The CPUC adopted the CSI Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment Plan which lays out the seven key principles that the CSI RD&D Program must adhere to:

  1. Improve the economics of solar technologies by reducing technology costs and increasing system performance;
  2. Focus on issues that directly benefit California, and that may not be funded by others;
  3. Fill knowledge gaps to enable successful, wide-scale deployment of solar distributed generation technologies;
  4. Overcome significant barriers to technology adoption;
  5. Take advantage of California's wealth of data from past, current, and future installations to fulfill the above;
  6. Provide bridge funding to help promising solar technologies transition from a pre-commercial state to full commercial viability; and
  7. Support efforts to address the integration of distributed solar power into the grid in order to maximize its value to California ratepayers.

Sample Grant Agreement

Download document here

For more information on the CSI RD&D Program, please visit the CPUC's website at: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Solar/rdd.htm

For more information on California's Solar Programs administered by the CPUC and the California Energy Commission, please visit the Go Solar Website at: http://www.gosolarcalifornia.com/