The Energy Department will allot $25 million in fundsÂ to aid the efforts of software developers, solar companies and utilities to integrateÂ solar energy into the power grid in support of DOE’sÂ Grid Modernization Initiative.
The Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar EnergyÂ funding program seeksÂ concepts for utility distribution system planning and operations that work to utilizeÂ sensing, communication and data analytics, DOEÂ said Monday.
Lynn Orr, DOE undersecretary for science and energy, said that ongoing grid modernization effortsÂ look to accelerate adoption of clean energy resources to controlÂ carbon levels in the future.
“This funding will help that mission by supporting industry partners working to integrate, store, and deploy solar energy throughout our electric grid,” he added.
DOE saidÂ the hardware and software platformsÂ to be developed under the ENERGISE program will work to aid utility firms in the management of solar and other distributed energy resources on the grid and undergo field tests.
TheÂ Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s SunShot Initiative will oversee projects resulting fromÂ the funding opportunity, the agency said.
SunShot will awardÂ 10 toÂ 15 contracts under the ENERGISE program worth between $500,000 and $4Â millionÂ depending on the topic area applied for.