Fraunhofer granted $11 million SunShot plug-and-play grant

18. December 2012 | Industry & Suppliers | By:  Max Hall

The U.S. Department of Energy has committed a further US$11.7 million of funding to develop plug-and-play solar systems through its SunShot initiative.

Governor Patrick visits the solar system at Sunsetter Products.

The latest SunShot funding will support Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick's solar target.

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has secured the cash over a five-year period to fund research into the technologies, components and standards related to off-the-shelf residential systems, which homeowners would be able to choose, buy and install in one day without the need for external contractors.

The grant is part of $21 million so far provided by the SunShot program to reduce the non-hardware 'soft costs' that make up a large part of the expense of household solar systems.

The research by the Cambridge-based center will support the state of Massachusetts' solar policy with governor Deval Patrick having set a target of 250 MW of installed capacity by 2017, of which 176 MW was reached this month.

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