The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) has issued a request for information (RFI) to gather insights about priority research and development needs from the solar industry. The goal of the Planning and Operation Models and Data Analytics for Solar Grid Integration RFI is to inform strategies relating to the modeling, monitoring, predicting, and controlling of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. As the penetration of solar PV on the grid grows, these activities will become more important as grid operators consider how solar adoption impacts grid planning and operations technologies. This information will help inform the office’s planning efforts.

This RFI covers three broad categories:

  • Real-time and forecasted data acquisition and ingestion for high penetration of PV
  • Distribution network analysis for high penetration of PV
  • Power system stability for high penetration of PV

In order to better understand the challenges associated with the planning and operation of grid-tied solar PV, SETO also hosted a workshop on May 16-17, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Presentations focused on distribution network data and modeling, real-time and forecasted data, numerical algorithms for distribution systems steady-state and dynamics analysis, and systems and platforms for grid analysis and co-optimization. Download the presentations.

Additional Information

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to no later than 12:00 p.m. (ET) on August 30, 2019. As only electronic responses will be accepted, responses to this RFI must be submitted as Microsoft Word (.docx) attachments to an email, with 12 point font text and 1 inch margins. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25 MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery.

Please identify answers by responding to a specific question or category, as applicable. Respondents may answer as many or as few questions as they deem appropriate.

Respondents are requested to provide the following information at the start of their response to the topic:

  • Company / institution name;
  • Company / institution contact;
  • Contact's address, phone number, and e-mail address.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will not respond to individual submissions or publicly publish a compendium of responses. A response to this RFI will not be viewed as a binding commitment to develop or pursue a project or idea.

EERE Exchange Link: Download the RFI to learn more.

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