The California Solar Initiative first Grant Funding Solicitation for the California Solar Initiative (CSI) Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment (RD&D) Program was released in late July, 2009, and the deadline for proposals was August 24th. The applications are currently under review, and awardee announcements are expected to be made in December 2009.
The first Grant Funding Solicitation was focused on grid integration activities, with a priority on the integration of photovoltaics (PV) into the utility grid, and emphasis on the following areas:
- Planning and modeling for high-penetration PV
- Testing and development of hardware and software for high-penetration PV
- Addressing the near term integration of energy efficiency, demand response and storage along with PV.
Bidding is closed; however, the entire first Grant Proposal Solicitation can be viewed here: Package, now closed, is available here: first_solicitation_final.doc
The CSI RD&D staff is currently completing industry research and investigating collaboration opportunities. It is expected the second round of Grant Funding will focus on market penetration activities.
For a full description of the CSI RD&D program goals, objectives, and parameters, review the CSI RD&D Adopted Plan