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.

Supervisory Controller for PV and Storage Microgrids

Current Highlights:


  • Final Project Report  PDF  (1.3 MB)
  • Project kick-off presentation 26 June 2014.  PDF  (1.4 MB)

Project Information

Solicitation: Solicitation 5
Target Area: Cross-cutting Integration
Awardee: Tri-Technic

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

CSI Funding: $96,000
Match Funding: $32,300
Start Date: May 2014
End Date: May 2015
Status: Complete

Contact Information

Principal Investigator Name: Narayanan Sankar
Principal Investigator Email: sankar @ tri-technic.com
Principal Investigator Phone: 919-985-4723
Grant Manager Name: Smita Gupta
Grant Manager Email: smita.gupta @ itron.com
Grant Manager Phone: 509-891-3189

Project Summary

This project will demonstrate the use of day-ahead optimization and real-time control to plan and implement charging/discharging schedules for a 2 MW PV and 1 MWh energy storage system located at Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, CA. By pairing PV with electric storage and optimized control, the system will be able to capture financial benefits of tariff and demand charges. The Tri-Technic team will develop a software platform to optimize and control the resources, data collection and instructions to building SCADA using LBNL's DER-CAM model for day-ahead resource scheduling. The potential economic benefits of this system can help PV overcome one of the largest barriers—investment cost—while reducing the impact of wide-spread PV adoption for utilities, by creating more flexible, better integrated customer loads and generation.

Deliverables and Documents


  • Final Report: Supervisory Controller for PV and Storage Microgrids. Stadler, M., Mashayekh, S., Narayanan, S., et al. Tri-Technic. Prepared for CPUC CSI-RDD. March 1, 2016.  PDF  (1.3)


  • Project kick-off presentation 26 June 2014.  PDF  (1.4 MB)

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Project Activities

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