The purpose of the Solar Energy Innovators Program is to enable selected applicants to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by electric utilities, energy service providers, and electric public utility commissions (PUCs) as the deployment of solar energy, as well as other distributed energy resources (DERs), increase on the electrical grid.
Selected applicants, referred to as “Innovators” herein, will be a research participant for up to two years at a Host Institution on one or more topics related to the integration of solar energy. The Applicant to this program is the prospective Innovator. The applicant must identify a Host Institution and potential mentor at a utility, energy service provider, or PUC currently conducting research in an area related to the integration of solar energy onto the electricity grid. DOE nor ORISE will match Applicants with Host Institutions. Host Institutions may seek potential Innovators that are eligible to apply to the program, but it is the potential Innovator, not the Host Institution or mentor, who submits the application and supporting materials to this site.
Eligible applicants include recent Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate graduates, as well as applicants with technical or research post-degree experience in a field related to the application of solar integration.
Host Institutions can be:
- An electric public utility commission,
- An electric utility operating in the U.S., or
- An energy service provider operating in the U.S. (including, but not limited to, independent system operators, balancing authorities, and retail electricity providers).