The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has flagged $15 million for bolstering distributed, onsite solar energy projects that integrate energy storage. As reported in the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC) newsletter, eligible projects include those that will help advance solar photovoltaic technology and energy storage through:

  • Advanced operation in conjunction with smart loads and demand response;
  • Incorporation of solar and load forecasting;
  • Innovative uses of smart components and functionalities; and
  • Easily interoperable hardware, software and firmware.

The funding builds on DOE’s SunShot initiative to drive innovations in systems integration technologies that support the deployment of solar energy and the reliability and efficiency of electricity generation, delivery and use.