CSI RD&D

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

Second Grant Funding Solicitation

The second Grant Funding Solicitation for the CSI RD&D Program were awarded in Summer 2010.

Background

The second Grant Funding Solicitation for the CSI RD&D Program was released on November 4, 2009. This second solicitation focuses on improved PV production technologies and innovative new business models. The following areas are of particular interest:

  • Testing and demonstration of new solar technologies with improved performance/reliability or lower costs.
  • Testing and demonstration of innovative business models that help support expansion of cost-competitive solar technologies by reducing costs or increasing value of the solar system to owners or utilities.

Proposals were due by 4:00 p.m. (PST) February 16, 2010.

Up to $15 million is expected to be available.

Read the full second solicitation summary.
Review the pre-bid webinar slides.
Review the pre-bid webinar recording.

Questions and Answers about Second Solicitation (updated 01/15/2010)

 

First Grant Funding Solicitation

The first Grant Funding Solicitation was released in late July 2009, and the deadline for proposals was August 24, 2009. The first solicitation focused on integration of photovoltaics (PV) into the utility grid, with 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.

Applications for the first Grant Funding Solicitation for the CSI RD&D Program have been reviewed and a CPUC Draft Resolution E-4317 awarding funding was published on January 28th. Comments on the draft were due February 18th.

Additional information about previous solicitations can be found here.

 

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

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

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 Solar Research, Demonstration, and Deployment (RD&D) Program.  Within the Solar RD&D Program, grant funding is further allocated into three target areas:

  1. Production technologies
  2. Grid integration
  3. Business development and deployment

Questions about this grant solicitation were accepted through July 23, 2009.  Responses to the questions can be found here:   questions_and_responses_for_the_csi_rdd_final.pdf

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.