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Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems - Advanced Concepts

Open Date: 04/08/2011

Close Date: 06/23/2011

Funding Organization: Solar Energy Technologies Program

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000479


The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund projects that develop technologies in power electronics that reduce overall photovoltaic (PV) system costs, allow high penetrations of solar technologies onto the grid (e.g., reactive power, energy storage, advanced functionalities), and enhance the performance, reliability, and safety of the PV system. In addition, projects funded under this FOA will demonstrate the feasibility of these technologies in the field and will directly support the objectives of the SunShot Initiative, which has a goal to reduce the total costs (including installer margin) of solar energy systems by about 75% before the end of the decade and to make solar competitive with conventional fossil fuel-sourced generation. 

DOE has identified several major areas where significant cost reductions in power electronics can be made, including:  1) economies of scale; 2) advanced components; 3) reliability; 4) smart grid integration and 5) understanding of system implications. DOE also is considering how changes in power electronics impact the cost of the PV system as a whole. DOE anticipates that the U.S. solar industry can reach the aggressive SunShot targets by focusing on both power electronics research and technologies more specific to grid-connected PV systems.

There will be two topics to which an application may be submitted under this FOA. 

  • Topic 1: Smart-Grid Functionality  
  • Topic 2: Using Power Electronics to Address Balance of System Costs

Preliminary Applications Due: May 9, 2011
Invitations for Full Applications Sent: May 23, 2011
Full Applications Due: June 23, 2011**

**Only Applicants who submitted Preliminary Applications by the due date, whose Preliminary Applications were deemed compliant, and who received an invitation to submit a full application will be eligible to submit a Full Application

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 05/10/2011

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.