The California Solar Initiative's RD&D Program has now concluded after operating since 2008 through 2016. All solicitations and research projects are now complete.



 Program overview + Research briefs       

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 Program overview  [13 MB ]

 Research briefs  (high resolution)                     

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For more information on the research projects and resulting reports please review the section below. All completed final reports are also available separately for review and download. 

FINAL REPORTS for completed projects along with individual research briefs can be found here.


CSI RD&D Program - Program Evaluation 



 Report Summary       

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 Final Report  [3 MB ]


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Funded Projects

This is a database of projects funded by the CSI RD&D. The project summaries are listed alphabetically below. You may also choose a subset of projects by clicking a keyword, or using the search function.

Sustainable Energy & Economic Development Fund (SEED Fund)

Current Highlights:



  • Final Project Report: December 2016  PDF  (455 KB) 

    • Final Project Report: Appendix 8.1  PDF  (651 KB) 
    • Final Project Report: Appendix 8.2  PDF  (2 MB)

  • Project kick off presentation 26 June 2014  PDF  (501 KB)

Project Information

Solicitation: Solicitation 5
Target Area: Innovative Business Model
Awardee: Strategic Energy Innovations

Optony Inc., Fresno State Office of Community & Economic Development

CSI Funding: $100,000
Match Funding: $60,000
Start Date: May 2014
End Date: May 2015
Status: Complete

Contact Information

Principal Investigator Name: Karly Zimmerman
Principal Investigator Email: karly @ seiinc.org
Principal Investigator Phone: 415-507-1430
Grant Manager Name: Ann Peterson
Grant Manager Email: ann.peterson @ itron.com
Grant Manager Phone: 509-891-3185

Project Summary

The SEED team will leverage and extend their Solicitation #3 project which is demonstrating a collaborative solar procurement process for Northern California to other parts of the state, including the Central Valley and the Los Angeles and San Diego areas. For their Solicitation #3 project, the SEED team built and deployed a revolving fund model for public agencies to procure solar energy in Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties. As part of the project, 13 public agencies released a joint RFP for 6.6 MW of solar PV and in the coming weeks will award a contract to the selected vendor.

For this project, the SEED team will demonstrate this solar procurement model in the Center Valley of California. Fresno County, CSU Fresno and the San Joaquin Air District have already expressed interest in demonstrating this procurement process. The SEED team projects that at least 5 MW of new solar contracts will result from this demonstration project and this second phase will show a 300% increase in cost-effectiveness over the prior CSI RD&D investment based on both momentum and lessons learned from the first collaborative procurement.

Deliverables and Documents


  • Final Project Report: Sustainable Energy & Economic Development Fund (SEED Fund) Phase 2. Zimmerman, K. (SEI). December 2016  PDF  (455 KB) 

    • Final Project Report: Appendix 8.1: Marketing Materials: SEED Fund FAQ Handout. PDF  (651 KB) 
    • Final Project Report: Appendix 8.2: Marketing Materials: SEED Fund Overview Presentation  PDF (2 MB)


  • Project kick off presentation 26 June 2014  PDF  (501 KB)

Project Activities

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