U.S. Department of Energy

    DOE to Invest up to $24 Million for Breakthrough Solar Energy Products

    August 12, 2008

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on August 12 that it will invest up to $24 million in Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond—subject to the availability of funds—to develop solar energy products that will significantly accelerate penetration of photovoltaic systems in the United States. The Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) projects will provide critical research and development funding to develop less expensive, higher performing products to enhance the value of photovoltaic systems to homeowners and business owners. DOE has selected 12 industry teams to participate in cost-shared cooperative agreements that focus on conceptual design of hardware components and on market analysis. Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM) will provide project management support to these projects.

    You can read the full press release. For more information about the Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems program and the solicitation, visit the Solar Energy Technologies Program Web site.

    The 12 industry teams are the following:

    • Apollo Solar (Bethel, CT)
    • EMTEC (Dayton, OH) Emerson Network Power, Liebert Corporation, Hull and Associates, and Ohio State University
    • Enphase Energy Inc. (Petaluma, CA)
    • General Electric (Niskayuna, NY) and Sentech, Inc., in collaboration with candidate utilities including American Electric Power, Duke, and Hawaii Electric Company
    • Nextek Power Systems (Detroit, MI and Hauppauge, NY) with Houston Advanced Research Center
    • Petra Solar (Somerset, NJ) with Florida Power Electronics Center, and Florida Solar Energy Center
    • Premium Power (North Reading, MA)
    • Princeton Power Systems (Princeton, NJ) with TDI Power and World Water and Solar Technologies Corp.
    • PV Powered (Bend, OR) with Portland General Electric Team, South Dakota State University, and Northern Plains Power Technologies
    • SmartSpark Energy Systems, Inc. (Champaign, IL) with Evergreen Solar and Innovolt, Inc.
    • The Florida Solar Energy Center of the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) with SatCon, Sentech, Inc., EnFlex, SunEdison, Northern Plains Power Technologies, Lakeland Electric Utilities, and additional utilities
    • VPT Inc. (Blacksburg, VA) with Center for Power Electronics, Plug-In Conversions, Moonlight Solar, Breakell Inc., and Delta Electronics.