Solar and Wind Grid Services and Reliability Demonstration
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)
To demonstrate the capability of large-scale solar and wind plants to provide grid services to the bulk power grid and improve grid reliability.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Wind and solar energy replace fossil fuels as a source of electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the process. Reliability improvements will improve not only the provision of electricity, but also the perception of wind and solar as dependable power sources.
Reliability improvements will complement the deployment of clean energy sources. Projects in this funding opportunity will support the development of controls and methods for inverter-based resources like solar and wind to provide the same grid services as traditional generation. The research activities resulting from this funding opportunity will help increase the reliability of energy systems, which will help meet the Biden administration’s goals for achieving a decarbonized electricity sector by 2035.
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Under all topics, teams that include multiple partners are preferred over applications that include a single organization. Teams are encouraged to include representation from diverse entities, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) or Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), or through linkages with Opportunity Zones, and well as with relevant labor unions where appropriate.
This program has two Topic Areas: (1) Wind and Solar Grid Services Design, Implementation, and Demonstration - To develop full-scale demonstration projects that seamlessly integrate renewable generation with other large-scale or aggregated distributed energy resource (DER) technologies to provide ancillary (grid) services and improve reliability. (2) Protection of Bulk Power Systems with High Contribution from Inverter-Based Resources - To develop a better understanding of how protection systems will operate under very-high IBR scenarios through advancements in modeling and simulation cap