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DOE to Fund Research on Solar Power Resiliency

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The Department of Energy will award up to $46M in funds for research into fortifying the security and resiliency of solar-powered electric grids in locations associated with critical infrastructure, the department said Monday.

The DOE will fund approximately 10 projects worth $2-10M over three years to support its efforts to develop affordable energy platforms that can function amid disruptive events such as natural disasters and cyber threats.

The selected participants will develop and validate communications systems and technologies as well as real-time system monitoring and control strategies that focus on the use of solar power.

Interested parties are encouraged to coordinate with owners and operators of critical infrastructure within state and local areas, including tribal locations and territories, to develop ways to handle cyber and physical threats to solar-generated electricity.