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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0001108: Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES)

The SunShot Initiative (SunShot) is a national collaborative effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. The installed cost of solar photovoltaics (PV) has reduced significantly in recent years, spurring significant and accelerating deployment of PV systems.


With the anticipated proliferation of solar power at the centralized and distributed scales, the variability and uncertainty of the solar resource poses challenges for reliably integrating photovoltaics (PV) with electric power systems, both at the distribution and bulk system levels.


The goal of the Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, SHINES Funding Opportunity is to enable the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective technologies for solar that incorporates energy storage and works seamlessly to meet both consumer needs and the needs of the electricity grid. Such an integrated solution should utilize smart inverters, and be capable of working with smart buildings, smart appliances, and utility communication and control systems. The solutions thus developed will enable widespread sustainable deployment of low-cost, flexible, and reliable PV generation, and provide for successful integration of PV power plants with the electric grid.



The SHINES FOA Webinar on Thursday, November 13, 2014 had technical difficulties and has been rescheduled for November 18, 2014.  Please register at the link below.



Title:      SHINES FOA

Date:     Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time:     3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees

Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


Mac®-based attendees

Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer


Mobile attendees

Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet




Previous Versions

  • SHINES FOA Webinar: November 18, 2014 (Last Updated: 11/18/2014 03:53 PM ET)
  • Technology Readiness Levels (Last Updated: 11/19/2014 02:54 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Full Application

  • SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 10/29/2014 12:37 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification (EERE 159) (Last Updated: 10/29/2014 12:38 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 10/29/2014 12:38 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 12/16/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/26/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/20/2015 5:00 PM ET – 5/26/2015 5:00 PM ET