Funding Opportunity Announcement: Advanced Systems Integration for Solar Technologies (ASSIST)

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Office: Solar Energy Technologies Office
Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001987
Funding Amount: $46 million

Description

The Advanced Systems Integration for Solar Technologies (ASSIST): Situational Awareness and Resilient Solutions for Critical Infrastructure funding opportunity will strengthen the integration of solar on the electricity grid, especially at critical infrastructure sites, improve the resilience of the nation’s electricity grid, and streamline technology transfer challenges. The nation’s critical infrastructure is defined as the essential services that are vital to the economy, security, and health of the nation.

Solar generation can play a critical role in ensuring continuity of service at these sites during widespread disruptions from either man-made or natural threats. These projects will help to develop tools that enhance the situational awareness of solar systems on both the distribution and transmission grid and validate technologies that improve the security and resilience of the grid.

Applicants are encouraged to work with state, local, tribal, and territory owners and operators to take proactive steps to manage risk and strengthen the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure. On receiving an award, recipients will be required to submit interoperability and cybersecurity plans that detail how they will implement and maintain these aspects of their solution. 

There are two interrelated areas of interest in this funding opportunity:

  • TOPIC 1.1: R&D and Technology Transfer for Solar Situational Awareness
    The office seeks to fund unique and innovative solutions that increase grid operators’ situational awareness of solar PV systems deployed throughout the electricity system at strategic locations. These tools are expected to improve resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure and can help to ensure continuity of service during widespread disruptions from either man-made or natural threats. Projects should also show how a fleet of multiple solar systems in different locations could respond to fast-changing conditions under normal operations and could provide power to critical loads during grid outages.

  • TOPIC 1.2: R&D, Technology Transfer and Validation of Proactive Resilience Solutions
    The office seeks projects that go beyond the research and development to include a field validation phase. Field tests should demonstrate how these solutions can enhance resiliency of the grid with high penetrations of solar systems. These solutions should identify the strategic location of solar PV systems that will ensure that critical infrastructure will have power during widespread disruptions from either man-made or natural threats. These projects must demonstrate how the technology solutions result in greater resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Prior to submitting a full application for this opportunity, a mandatory letter of intent is due on November 14, 2018 at 5:00PM ET. A concept paper is not required for this funding opportunity. All application deadlines are in the table below.

Key Dates

FOA Issue Date:October 15, 2018
Informational Webinar:November 1, 2018 1:00pm ET
Letter of Intent Due Date:November 14, 2018 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications:December 7, 2018 5:00pm ET
Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments:February 1, 2019 5:00pm ET
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications:March 22, 2019
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations:60 days