DOE SunShot announces last-ditch US$30 million for solar integration projects

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Still alive and kicking, the DOE's SunShot has new funding for solar integration and grid modernisation. Source: Flickr/Fotopedia

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot has announced a new US$30 million for solar integration projects, as the initiative is in hot water after president Trump indicated plans for its closure.

The new funding might be viewed as a last-ditch attempt at propelling the initiative’s objectives to build a stable solar industry and contribute to the US economy. The money will be specifically filtered into supporting the integration of solar into the grid, whilst diversifying electricity sources and improving grid stability and reliability.

The funds will support a total of 13 projects under the ENERGISE funding programme to procure software and hardware solutions to integrate solar and strengthen the grid. The projects also fall under the DOE’s Grid Modernisation Initiative (GMI) that seeks to address not only grid-scale solar, but other technologies such as electric vehicles that interconnect with the nation’s grid.

“SunShot is working to lower the cost and complexity of integrating solar with the electric grid,” said SunShot director Charlie Gay. “These projects give grid operators the tools to manage a modern electric grid.”

Whilst infrastructure and grid resiliency are high up on Trump’s energy plans, the new president has never been a fan of solar energy, and has heightened fears that the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and SunShot could be scrapped in a leaked memo. Former programme director Minh Le recently told PV Tech that the administration would be “shooting itself in the foot” if these plans materialise. 

Read Next

May 14, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) has said that a proposed transmission investment tax credit (ITC) in the US could spur US$15.3 billion of fresh investment in clean energy and enable an extra 42GW of wind and solar capacity to come online.
PV Tech Premium
May 13, 2021
US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is extending an olive branch to global policy makers to advance the country’s own renewable energy technology and meet President Biden’s climate targets. Edith Hancock has all the detail on how she intends to amend four years of faltering progress.
May 5, 2021
A round-up of news from the US solar sector, including updates from the Department of Energy, private equity firm American Securities, and Indiana developer Hoosier.
April 30, 2021
Software company Accela is joining forces with the US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on a new platform offering faster permitting for residential solar and battery energy storage projects.
April 29, 2021
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked US$8.25 billion in loans to support grid transmission improvements as more renewables are added to the country’s power mix.
April 28, 2021
South Australia saw record low daytime energy prices in the first three months of this year, driven by a sharp uptake in renewable power resources.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
May 26, 2021
Session 1 - 7:00 AM (BST) | Session 2 - 5:00 PM (BST)
Solar Media Events
June 15, 2021
Solar Media Events
July 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
August 24, 2021