Fraunhofer granted $11 million SunShot plug-and-play grant18. 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.
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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