CSI RD&D

CSI RD&D PROGRAM - CONCLUDED 

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.

 

 Report 
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 Program overview + Research briefs       

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 Program overview  [13 MB ]

 Research briefs  (high resolution)                     

 [44 MB ]


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 
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 Report Summary       

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 Final Report  [3 MB ]

 Appendices           

 [4 MB ]

 

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.


Innovative Business Models, Rates and Incentives that Promote Integration of High Penetration PV w/ Real-Time Mgmnt of Customer-Sited Distribution

Current Highlights:
  • Final Project Report: June 2013.  PDF (4.3 MB)

  • E3 Webinar on UCSD Microgrid - Strategies and incentives for integration of renewable generation using distributed energy resources - Jul 10, 2013

  • Presentation [PDF ]

  • Tasks 6-8: Strategies and incentives for integration of renewable generation using distributed energy resources A case study based on the University of California, San Diego. Jul 2013. PDF (3.4 MB)

Project Information

Solicitation: Solicitation 2
Target Area: Innovative Business Model
Awardee: Virdity Energy
Partners:
CSI Funding: $1,660,000
Match Funding: $840,000
Start Date: December 2010
End Date: May 2013
Status: Complete

Contact Information

Principal Investigator Name: Rick Schaal (Project Manager)
Principal Investigator Email: RSchaal @ viridityenergy.com
Principal Investigator Phone: 425-999-6786
Grant Manager Name: Jonathan Wanjiru
Grant Manager Email: jonathan.wanjiru @ itron.com
Grant Manager Phone: 509-891-3192

Project Summary

The Viridity team worked to integrate up to 1,000 MW of high penetration PV with distributed energy resource (DER) management on the campus of the University of CA San Diego. The team identified and developed tariffs and incentives to promote the integrated operation of promising DER technologies and PV integration strategies, vetted these tariffs with SDG&E and CAISO, and modified as appropriate. The PV integration and DER management strategies were tested and demonstrated on the University campus microgrid. The team also performed integrated cost-benefit analysis of these innovative DER business models and management strategies and recommended rates and incentives that balance costs and benefits from the utility, customer and ratepayer perspectives.
 

Deliverables and Documents

Reports:

  • Final Project Report: Integration of High Penetration Renewables Using Distributed Energy Resources: A case study based on the University of California, San Diego. Viridity Energy and E3. June 28, 2013.  PDF (4.3 MB)

  • Task 2: Strategies for Integrating High Penetration Renewables Report. Jul 25, 2011. PDF

  • Task 3: Tariffs and Incentives for Integrating High Penetration Renewables Report. Jul 26, 2011. PDF

  • Task 4.1: Deliverable (Final)-VPOWER Installation Report. Jul 27, 2011. PDF

  • Task 4.2: Expansion of DER Model CSI 2 Grant. Sep 29, 2011. PDF

  • Task 4.3: VPower Enhancements Report CSI 2 Grant. Sep 29, 2011. PDF

  • Task 5: Report on Baseline Performance for UCSD DER Operation under Current Rates and Incentives. Aug 13, 2012.  PDF (2.7 MB)

  • Tasks 6-8: Strategies and incentives for integration of renewable generation using distributed energy resources A case study based on the University of California, San Diego. Jul 2013. PDF (3.4 MB)

Presentations:

  • Initial Project Presentation. Feb 10, 2011. PDF

  • E3 Presentation on UCSD Microgrid - Strategies and incentives for integration of renewable generation using distributed energy resources - Jul 10, 2013 [ PDF

    Webinar recording (double click video to view full screen)

Project Activities

DateActivity
December 2010 Project started
February 2012 Viridity webinar to demonstrate the model developed.
   
   
   
   
   
   

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