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Department of Energy Announces $12 Million to Advance Early-Stage Solar Research

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $12 million in new funding for eight projects to advance predictive modeling capabilities for solar generation.

These models will lead to more accurate forecasts of solar generation levels, enabling utilities to better manage the variability and uncertainty of solar power and improve grid reliability.

“These projects will address a critical gap in our research, which is knowing precisely how much solar electricity to expect at any given hour on any given day,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

“These tools are becoming more important as the solar industry continues to grow, and will work to ensure that solar contributes to the reliability, affordability, and resilience of our nation’s electric grid.”

Today’s funding will advance solar forecasting technologies in a coordinated way with partnerships between national labs, universities, and industry. Four projects are aimed at making significant advances in predicting solar generation.

View the full list of awardees in the Solar Forecasting 2 funding opportunity HERE. The Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office supports early-stage research and development to improve the reliability and performance of solar technologies.

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Article originally posted at go.usa.gov

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