FRIDAY FILES 5.4 featuring smart grid news you can use right now


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.


·         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 >>