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

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.