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.

Proving Performance of the Lowest Cost PV System

Current Highlights:


  • Final Project Report. April 2013. PDF (1.9 MB)

Project Information

Solicitation: Solicitation 2
Target Area: Improved Technology
Awardee: Solaria Corporation

Pacific Gas and Electric PG&E

CSI Funding: $1,217,500
Match Funding: $1,217,000
Start Date: January 2011
End Date: January 2013
Status: Complete

Contact Information

Principal Investigator Name: Tyroan Hardy
Principal Investigator Email: thardy @ solaria.com
Principal Investigator Phone: 510-270-5624
Grant Manager Name: Stephan Barsun
Grant Manager Email: stephan.barsun @ itron.com
Grant Manager Phone: 509-891-3187

Project Summary

The goal of this project with Solaria was to conduct detailed analysis and reporting on the performance of two concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) demonstrations to help convenience investors and the financial community of the viability of this technology. The total system size installed at Solaria's manufacturing facility in Fremont, CA was 110 kW with the horizontal axis tracking system accounting for 58.1 kW and the azimuth tracking system accounting for 52.9 kW. A second system, installed at Alameda County Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA has a total system size of 240 kW with 220 kW azimuth tracker system and 20 kW dual-axis tracker system. Solaria collected, analyzed, and reported on data and detailed system performance factors for these systems. 

Deliverables and Documents


  • Final Report: Proving Performance of the Lowest Cost PV System. Hardy, Tyroan. Solaria. April 2013. PDF (1.9 MB)

  • 2012 Q1 System Performance Report. May 30, 2012. PDF (0.5 MB)

  • Headquarters Commissioning Report. Jul 2011. PDF (3.3 MB)

  • Solaria Manufacturing Facility Installation Completion Report. Apr 2013.  PDF (2.8 MB)

  • Solaria Alameda County Santa Rita Jail System Commissioning and Calibration Report. Apr 2013. PDF (14.5 MB)

  • Solaria Alameda County Santa Rita Jail Installation Completion Report. Apr 2013.  PDF (724 KB)


Initial Project Presentation. Feb 10, 2011. PDF

Project Activities

January 2011 Project started

Project Links

Tags: Solar Technology