The California Solar Initiative's RD&D Program has now concluded after operating since 2008 through 2016. All solicitations and research projects are now complete.



 Program overview + Research briefs       

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For more information on the research projects and resulting reports please review the section below. All completed final reports are also available separately for review and download. 

FINAL REPORTS for completed projects along with individual research briefs can be found here.


CSI RD&D Program - Program Evaluation 



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Funded Projects

This is a database of projects funded by the CSI RD&D. The project summaries are listed alphabetically below. You may also choose a subset of projects by clicking a keyword, or using the search function.

Distributed Solar and Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEV): Development and Delivery of an Interactive Software Platform that Provides Actionable Insights

Current Highlights:

Project Information

Solicitation: Solicitation 5
Target Area: Innovative Business Model
Awardee: Clean Power Research (CPR)
CSI Funding: $99,660
Match Funding: $99,660
Start Date: May 2014
End Date: May 2015
Status: Complete

Contact Information

Principal Investigator Name: Brian Boler
Principal Investigator Email: brianb @ cleanpower.com
Principal Investigator Phone: 425-242-4174 x7008
Grant Manager Name: Ann Peterson
Grant Manager Email: ann.peterson @ itron.com
Grant Manager Phone: 509-891-3185

Project Summary

The Clean Power Research (CPR) team will leverage past research efforts including work under their Solicitation #3 CSI RD&D grant to develop a web based tool that consumers can use for decision making with regard to solar PV and plug-in electric vehicles (PEV). The existing NYSERDA solar vehicle calculator web service will be used as a foundation with modifications made to separate technology financing methods, integrate Green Button data and integrate driving and charging habits. PV data collected under the CPR's Solicitation #3 grant along with other sources will be imported into the platform database for display in tabular, graphical and GIS formats. These data sets will allow consumers to visualize locally installed systems and how their economic, energy and environmental savings compare to that of their neighbors. The CPR team will develop an intuitive user interface that will allow consumers to quickly obtain results with minimum input. More in-depth analysis will also be available to consumers such as what similar consumers paid/saved, how their estimate ranks with others and actionable next steps such as contact information for PV and PEV providers.

This decision-making tool will be freely available to all California rate-payers for a minimum of one year. In the longer-term, the software tool may be licensed to utilities, energy agencies, PEV and PV stakeholders and the financial community.

Deliverables and Documents


Final Report: Distributed Solar and Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEV): Development and Delivery of an Interactive Software Platform that Provides Actionable Insights. Clean Power Research. December 2015. PDF (1.5)


  • Project kick-off presentation 26 June 2014  PDF  (612 KB)

Project Activities

Project Links

Website for the EV solar evaluation tool https://csi.wattplan.com/