The purpose of this solicitation is to fund emerging power electronics technologies that improve affordability and simplify the complexity and time required for installing and integrating zero-emission backup power systems for powering critical loads during grid outages.
This solicitation aims to lower the cost and reduce the time to install zero-emission behind-the-meter (BTM) backup power systems in existing residential buildings such as homes and multifamily dwellings. Current zero-emission BTM backup power options are expensive not only due to high up-front costs of the generation or storage source, but also the balance-of-system (BOS) costs incurred when altering an existing building to accommodate the new backup power system. BOS costs encompass all the components and activities required to support and integrate the backup power system, excluding the actual power generation and storage devices. Examples of BOS costs include wiring, control systems, and other equipment, as well as installation labor, permits, and engineering design. The current process of choosing and hard-wiring critical loads for backup power in existing residential units is a time-consuming task, requiring physical selection and permanent wiring of circuits that limit the flexibility for residents to adapt their power usage during outages. Since there is no “one-size fits all” solution to existing homes due to their wide variety of sizes, layouts, and structural designs, electricians often spend considerable time customizing the systems. 

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This solicitation is open to all public and private entities with the exception of local publicly owned electric utilities. 

No local publicly owned electric utilities. 

Match funding is required in the amount of at least 20% of the requested project funds. 

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