DOE awards $11.8mn to five solar grid projects

30 July 2009– The U.S. Department of Energy will invest up to $11.8 million in five projects designed to advance the next stage of development of solar energy grid integration systems.

The five projects are:

  • PVPowered of Bend, OR, which will receive up to $3 million to optimize interconnections across PV module technologies through systems integration,

  • Petra Solar of South Plainfield, NJ, which will get up to $2.9 million to improve reliability and resiliency in eight states so that high levels of PV integration can be adapted,

  • Princeton Power of Princeton, NJ. The DOE awarded the company up to $2.8 million to lower manufacturing costs through integrated controls for energy storage and develop inverter designs,

  • Apollo Solar of Bethel, CT, who will use the $1.5 million to create inverters using energy storage and two-way communications between solar electrical systems and utilities, and

  • Florida Solar Energy Center/UCF, which will get up to $1.3 million to figure out how to include higher PV penetration levels in larger electrical systems.

The SEGIS activity is a partnership that includes DOE, Sandia National Laboratories, industry, utilities, and universities and emphasizes complete system development.