Solar Aggregation and Advanced Inverter Pilot Project


Overview
The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (DCPSC) will soon seek proposals in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund a Solar Aggregation and Advanced Inverter Pilot Project. The DCPSC will be seeking projects that can demonstrate the benefits of advanced inverter equipment, including communications and the expansion of solar hosting capacity. Proposals will need to provide insights and new learnings to assist the Commission in identifying technologies and policies that can be implemented in the District to modernize the distribution energy delivery system for increased sustainability.

This pilot project should achieve the dual objectives of maximizing solar capacity and deploying a replicable, lower-cost alternative to standard telemetry equipment currently required by the electric utility company. The pilot project should also demonstrate the secure communication functionalities of inverters and transducers to provide data at regular intervals.

Legal entities eligible to apply for this RFP will include (but are not limited to):
  • Corporations, partnerships, and/or associations
  • Private enterprises
  • Nonprofits, including those with 501 (c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations
  • Public-private partnerships and joint ventures comprising government agencies and private enterprises
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Background
As a result of the Pepco Holdings, Inc.-Exelon merger approved by the DCPSC, a $21.55 million Pilot Project Fund Subaccount was created to be used to support energy delivery system modernization pilot projects. A Governance Board is responsible for reviewing and recommending innovative pilot projects and distributing those funds.

This solar aggregation and advanced inverter pilot project is the second of four such projects fund to further the goals of PowerPath DC, as well as the District’s clean energy and climate goals.