This page lists previous CSI RD&D solicitations and associated documents.

July 23, 2009 Pre-bid Q&A Webinar Documents for CSI RD&D First Grant Solicitation:

February 19, 2010 Pre-bid Q&A Webinar Documents for CSI RD&D Second Grant Solicitation:

Background documents and adopted plans for the CSI RD&D:

The CSI RD&D Program is releasing its Third Solicitaiton. Document available here.

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

Question submission is closed now. The Q&A will be posted to the site by Aug 12, 2011.

Request for Comments on the Second DRAFT Solicitation for the California Solar Initiative Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment Program

pdf_small PDF of request for comments announcement.

Background and Purpose

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is a statewide incentive program that aims to build a self-sustaining solar electricity market.The CSI has a goal of creating 1940 MW of new, solar-produced electricity in California by 2017 (and 3,000 MW on a statewide-basis). The CSI was authorized in 2006 by Senate Bill (SB) 1 (Murray) and subsequently enacted through California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Rulemaking (R.) 06-03-004. Pursuant to SB 1, the CPUC allocated $50 million for a CSI Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RD&D) Program.Within the CSI RD&D Program, grant funding is further allocated into three target areas:

  • Production technologies
  • Grid integration
  • Business development and deployment