SunPower wins $1.8 million research grant

San Jose, Calif., September 8, 2010 — In a round of funding by the California Public Utilities Commission, SunPower Corp. won a grant of about $1.8 million from the California Solar Initiative Research, Development, Deployment and Demonstration Program.

The grant will assist the company in its research of photovoltaic energy storage for large commercial applications.

The company will partner with three energy storage companies — Ice Energy, ZBB Energy and Xtreme Power — to establish a pilot program for demonstrating the integration of advanced energy storage systems in combination with existing PV systems.

The company plans to demonstrate the economic and operational benefits of combining PV with each of the partners’ storage devices.

“Rooftop solar is affordable today and growing rapidly in cities all across America,” said Jim Pape, SunPower president, residential and commercial. “SunPower is excited to work with PG&E, KEMA, Sandia National Laboratories, and our storage partners to evaluate how to make solar power even more valuable during peak energy periods.”

The CPUC California Solar Initiative has a goal to create 1,940 MW of new, solar-produced electricity by 2016, moving the state toward a cleaner energy future and helping to lower the cost of solar systems for consumers. The CSI budget is $2.2 billion over 10 years, and has five distinct program components.

 

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