DOE grants will support integrating clean energy sources into grid

March 26, 2024

Applications are open for the i2X Solar and Wind Interconnection for Future Transmission (SWIFTR) funding opportunity. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $10 million to help integrate clean energy sources and transition to a decarbonized electrical system by 2035. Applicants have until April 17, 2024, to submit concept papers. Full submissions are due June 28, 2024.

SWIFTR supports projects that create software tools that simulate the effects of solar energy, wind energy and energy storage systems on the existing grid infrastructure. The tools provide detailed, secure data that project developers can use to streamline the interconnection process.

Interconnection is a complex process that, when coupled with the high volume of interconnection requests, has made it challenging for developers to seamlessly connect energy generation to the grid. This has resulted in uncertainties, delays and increased costs for interconnection projects.

SWIFTR will fund projects specializing in two topic areas. The first topic area covers projects that will create or improve software that simulates how clean energy systems affect the functionality and reliability of the existing grid.

Qualifying projects will determine when these studies are needed, how to increase their reliability and how to speed up the interconnection approval process. The DOE expects to provide up to five recipients between $1 million and $2 million each.

The second topic area enables grid operators to develop tools that gather data on transmission system characteristics, including stability, voltage and grid strength. These projects will provide stakeholders with the information needed to operate large-scale renewable energy grids.

Stakeholders will also use those tools to test at least one real transmission system. Transmission systems deliver energy from generators to consumers. The DOE expects to provide up to five recipients between $1 million and $2.5 million each.

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