Fraunhofer gets $12M for solar plug-and-play technology

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has chosen the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) to receive funding from the SunShot Initiative, a national effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of energy by 202.

The five-year, $11.7 million research project will allow CSE to create technologies, components, systems, and standards that reduce the cost of residential solar. The aim is to develop "plug-and-play" solar photovoltaic systems. The pre-configured systems can be selected, purchased, installed and commissioned by a homeowner within one day.

This project is part of a larger $21 million DOE investment aimed at developing technology solutions that reduce the "soft" costs of residential solar PV systems – the non-module hardware costs that account for a majority of the total cost of residential systems, and represent a barrier to wider adoption of solar power in the United States. Removing soft costs will make residential solar PV systems more cost competitive and attractive to homeowners, paving the way for a large new market for United States solar power production.

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