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Plug-and-Play Photovoltaics

Funding: Up to $25M Over 5 Years Total

Open Date: 04/16/2012

Close Date: 06/18/2012

Funding Organization: SunShot Initiative

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000653

Summary:

DOE is supporting the development of commercial plug-and-play photovoltaic (PV) systems that make installing a solar energy system as easy as plugging in an appliance. This funding advances the concept of a market-ready plug-and-play PV system, which is envisioned as an off-the-shelf product that is fully inclusive with little need for individual customization. The homeowner simply plugs the system into a PV-ready circuit and an automatic PV discovery process initiates communication between the system and the utility.

As part of the SunShot Initiative, this funding opportunity is designed to reduce costs and simplify installations so that solar can be more accessible for Americans. This solicitation targets universities, industry, utilities, local authorities having jurisdiction, national laboratories, and other stakeholders with an interest in transforming the residential solar market. By addressing all sectors of the solar energy economy, the SunShot Initiative works to reduce the total installed cost of solar energy systems.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Additional Information:

Submission Deadline for Letters of Intent: May 16, 2012, 5 p.m. EDT

Full Applications Due: June 18, 2012, 5 p.m. EDT

Last updated: 04/17/2012

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.