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Welcome to Friday and this week's installment of Friday Files.

 

DOE SunShot Initiative has two solar funding opps

SunShot is a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade.

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·         Plug-and-play funding available – The Department of Energy is seeking proposals to develop a plug-and-play photovoltaic (PV) system that can be installed without special training or tools and simply plugged into a PV-ready circuit. This funding opportunity will provide up to $25 million for multiple projects over five years to make consumer friendly solar energy systems widely available in the marketplace. Get details >>

·         Funding opportunity to improve solar forecasting -- DOE also has a funding opportunity that aims to improve the accuracy of solar forecasting in the subhourly, short-term (1–6 hours), and day-ahead timeframes. Up to $9 million will be available over three years for projects that help better predict PV system power output. Get details >>

 

Canada launches smart grid repository

Developed by SmartGrid Canada and funded by the Natural Resources Canada ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, the new repository serves as a gateway connecting the Canadian smart grid community to relevant sources of information in one centralized location. It's similar to the DOE-funded Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse in the U.S. As SmartGrid Canada notes, increased smart grid activity across Canada, creates a need to share knowledge and collaborate on R&D, demos and implementation projects. Visit Canada's smart grid repository >>