Solar, Utility Integration

PV balance of systems costs: request for information

The goal of the US Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Program “$1/W Photovoltaic (PV) Systems: Balance of Systems (BOS),” is to make solar energy cost-compatible with grid electricity and also to enable the high penetration of solar energy without subsidy in the U.S. electricity market.

(December 16, 2010) — The goal of this US Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Program is to make solar energy cost-compatible with grid electricity and also to enable the high penetration of solar energy without subsidy in the U.S. electricity market. The request for information issued by the DOE is titled “$1/W Photovoltaic (PV) Systems: Balance of Systems (BOS).”

The purpose of a request for information (RFI) is to gather input periodically throughout the year, especially as multiple opportunities for funding and technical assistance are planned for the year. $1/W PV BOS RFI number is DE-FOA-0000440.

The DOE $1/W Workshop held in Washington, D.C., on August 11-12, 2010, identified approaches to reduce the cost of installed PV systems to $1 per watt by 2017. The BOS/Installation breakout group from the $1/W workshop approached the identification of cost-reduction opportunities through a framework that took into account PV market segments and value chain stages to ensure coverage of cost reduction opportunities across a broad range of system sizes and types. DOE is requesting information on building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) concepts, roof and ground mount innovations, software design tools/innovations, and BOS transformational concepts. Also read: Where are the best places to install solar panels?
 
The comments deadline is January 31, 2011. Submit here: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000440&agency=DOE

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