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US DOE gives USD 30m for solutions for grid integration of solar

Power in California. Author: Jeff Turner. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Feb 1 (Renewables Now) - Total of 13 projects will get USD 30 million (EUR 28m) in financing from the US Energy Department (DOE) for projects that facilitate the integration of solar energy into the grid, it was announced Tuesday.

The awards come under the SunShot Initiative as part of the Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) funding programme. The software and hardware solutions will give grid operators access to up-to-the-minute measurement and forecasting data from distributed energy sources and optimise system performance using sensor, communication and data analytics technologies.

"These projects will help to improve the reliability of the nation’s energy grid by providing utilities with dynamic, automated and cost-effective management of solar and other distributed energy sources."

The list of awardees is below.

Amounts in USD million SunShot amount Awardee cost share
Advanced Microgrid Solutions (San Francisco, CA) 3.24 3.31
City of Riverside - Public Utilities (Riverside, CA) 3.19 3.38
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO) 2.42 4.95
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO) 1.59 0.4
Northeastern University (Boston, MA) 0.63 0.16
PPL Electric Utilities (Allentown, PA) 3.32 6.50
Quanta Technology, LLC (Raleigh, NC) 1.5 0.5
Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM) 2.5 4.0
Southern California Edison (Rosemead, CA) 4.0 4.0
University of California, Berkeley 2.0 0.57
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) 2.0 1.05
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) 1.89 0.47
University of Vermont (Burlington, VT) 1.77 0.48

The DOE is also exploring solutions for other clean technologies, such as electric vehicles, that interconnect with the grid.  

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