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Purpose of Solicitation

The solicitation will fund technology demonstration and deployment projects that explore how medium- and heavy-duty plug-in electric vehicles and their associated charging infrastructure can be incorporated into a site’s distributed energy resource (DER) strategy. Projects must be located in a disadvantaged community (DAC), defined as the top 25% scoring areas from CalEnviroScreen 3.0, and fall within the below groups. Applicants are encouraged to begin thinking about projects, demonstration sites, and partnerships prior to the solicitation release.

Group 1 – Depot Charging:

  • Charging occurs at a central location, typically owned by a single fleet operator, and may accommodate lower power and longer duration charging events.

  • $1M - $3M of CEC funding available per project.

  • Applicants will be required to provide 50% match funding.

Group 2 – En-Route Fast Charging:

  • Dispersed charging stations that typically require high power to extend MDHD PEV range and minimize non-driving time.

  • $1M - $3M of CEC funding available per project.

  • Applicants will be required to provide 50% match funding.

Group 3: Bi-Directional Power Flow from Electric School Buses.

  • Projects will demonstrate bi-directional power flow capabilities from electric school buses; the bi-directional power flow may be vehicle-to-building, vehicle-to-vehicle, or vehicle-to-grid.

  • $1M - $3M of CEC funding available per project.

  • Applicants will be required to provide 20% match funding.

Group 4: Electric School Bus Charging.

  • Projects will demonstrate a DER solution with stationary storage for electric school bus charging.

  • $2M - $4M of CEC funding available per project.

  • Applicants will be required to provide 20% match funding.

Projects from Groups 1, 2, and 4 will focus on advancing the market-readiness and replicability of communication and control systems for securely managing and optimizing different DER components as an integrated package. The DER components will include solar PV, multiple vehicles, charging equipment with multiple charging ports, stationary energy storage, a fleet management system, and equipment to enable backup power in case of an outage.

Projects from Group 3 will focus on advancing the technology-readiness of hardware and software enabling bi-directional power flow capabilities from electric school buses.

Anticipated Key Activities Timeline

  • Solicitation Release: April – June 2020

  • Pre-application Workshop: Two weeks after solicitation release date

  • Deadline to Submit Applications: Six weeks after the solicitation release date

The information in this message is subject to change without notice up until the release of the solicitation.


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