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

Solicitation Summary

Target Funding: This solicitation will fund up to $15 million and targets integration of photovoltaics (PV) into the utility grid and focuses on the following activities:

  1. Planning and modeling for high-penetration PV
  2. Testing and development of hardware and software for high-penetration PV
  3. Addressing the near term integration of energy efficiency, demand response and storage along with PV.

The entire Grant Proposal Solicitation Package is available here.

Funding Available

  • Total Funding Available Through This Solicitation:  Up to $15 million
  • Maximum Award Amount:  $3 million
  • Minimum Award Amount:  $200,000
  • Award Length:  Up to two years

Key Dates

The grant solicitation was released on July 8, 2009 and proposals (electronic and hard copy) are due by 4:00 PM (PDT) August 24, 2009. There will be a pre-bid conference on July 23, 2009 at 10 AM.  Awards are expected to be made by December 2009.

Any individual, business, public entity, non-profit organization, university, or national laboratory is eligible to apply to this solicitation.

Questions about this grant solicitation were accepted through July 23, 2009.   Reponses will be posted on this page on or before July 31, 2009.

Pre-bid Webinar
A pre-bid Webinar was held on July 23, 2009. The webinar slideshow and recording are available here.

Sample Grant Agreement
The Sample Grant Agreement can be found here. Please note that modifications may be made to the sample agreement prior to the awards.


Electronic submission along with one original copy  transmitted via mail, is required for this solicitation. Submit the electronic version of the proposal here. Mail one copy of the proposal to:

CSI RD&D Program Administrator
Itron, Inc.
2800 Fifth Street, Suite 110
Davis, CA 95618

Download entire CSI RD&D First Grant Solicitation (Word document, posted July 8, 2009)