Improved PV Production Technologies and Innovative Business Models

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

Click here to download the second Grant Solicitation document.
(Revised 12/29/2009 to show deadline extension)

Solicitation Summary

This second solicitation focuses on improved PV production technologies and innovative business models.

Award Information

Total Funding Available: Up to $15 million
Maximum Award Amount: $3 million
Minimum Award Amount: $200,000
Match Funding Requirement: Minimum of 25% per project
Award Length: Up to two years

Key Dates

Second Grant Solicitation Released: November 4, 2009
Pre-Bid Webinar: November 18, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. (PST)
Due Date for Questions: November 18, 2009
Due Date for Grant Proposals: January 13, 2010 at 4:00 P.M. (PST)
February 16, 2010 at 4:00 P.M. (PST)
Grants Approved by CPUC (estimate): April 2010 July 2010
Grant Start Date (estimate): May 2010 August 2010


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 deadline to submit questions about this grant solicitation was November 18, 2009.  The question period is now closed, and responses were posted to the CalSolarResearch website on December 7, 2009.

Download the Questions and Answers document (updated 01/15/2010)

Pre-bid Webinar

A pre-bid webinar was held on November 18, 2009 to answer questions about this grant solicitation.

Download the Pre-Bid Presentation (revised 11/19/2009)
Download the List of Attendees (PDF)
Watch the Webinar Recording

Submission of Proposals

Proposals must be submitted electronically and must be received by 4:00 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Late proposals will be disqualified from further evaluation. Electronic proposals must be submitted as a single PDF file.

Submit your proposal here.

Sample Grant Agreement

Click here for the Sample Grant Agreement. Please note that modifications may be made to the sample agreement prior to the awards.