GFO-20-502 – Solar Heating, Cooling, and Power for Industrial and Commercial Applications

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Closed (13 total applications submitted)
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The purpose of this solicitation is to fund research and development projects that will advance the development and technology readiness of concentrating and non-concentrating solar thermal technologies along with solar combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) technologies. 


The intent is to increase the market availability of solar thermal systems and advance the development of emerging pre-commercial solar combined heating, cooling, and power systems by reducing the cost and advancing the technology and market readiness needed to increase adoption.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

This solicitation is open to all public and private entities. Demonstration projects in this solicitation must be located in the service territory of a California natural gas Investor Owned Utility (NG IOU), which includes Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company.  All projects in this solicitation must benefit natural gas IOU ratepayers.

Eligible Geographies:

All projects in this solicitation must benefit natural gas IOU ratepayers.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Match funding is required in the amount of at least 10% of the requested project funds.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
January 25, 2021
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Until funds expire 

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

The CEC’s Renewable Energy and Advanced Generation Program announces the availability of up to $3 million in grant funds for this solicitation.

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis (where the Recipient pays out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor). 

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Natalie Johnson, 1-916-654-4162,