Lawrence, MA – September 6, 2011 – Solectria Renewables, LLC, the leading U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, announced today that it has been awarded a $2.1 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contract to develop integrated smart-grid ready photovoltaic (PV) inverters with utility communications in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Detroit Edison, National Grid and Xcel Energy. The awarded contract is part of the DOE's SunShot Initiative which accelerates the development of cost-competitive solar technologies.