New York offers up $10m for microgrids and DER


The announcement follows quickly after a $3.5 million solicitation issued last week to improve interconnection of distributed energy. The money in both instances comes from a $140 million pool set aside for grid modernisation over ten years. [NYSERDA boosts DER integration with $3.5m grant]

The $10 million will be used for research into smart grid technologies, such as grid sensing, communications, diagnostics and controls.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering the $10 million for research studies, engineering studies, product development and demonstration projects under four categories.

John Rhodes, NYSERDA president and CEO, said: “Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy calls for transforming our electric power system into a modern, high performing grid.

“This initiative will develop, accelerate and prove out new smart grid solutions to advance New York State toward that critical goal.”


There are several technologies that are eligible for the funds, among them “processes, systems and technologies, such as microgrids, that promote integration of renewable or distributed energy resources and electric energy storage technologies into the distribution system,” says the request for proposals (RFP).

Winning applicants are required to provide 25% of the costs for the studies and 50% for the product and demonstration projects.

The state’s grid modernization effort is aligned with its goal to generate 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030. The money comes from the state’s 10 year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund.

The Authority is accepting proposals in two rounds. The due date for the first round is January 11 and for the second round June 28.

The RFP is available on NYDERDA’s website (PON 3397). [NYSERDA launches smart grid initiative with Navigant]

In a separate initiative, NYSERDA also is offering $40 million for community microgrids through its NY Prize programme, which recently closed out applications in the $8 million second stage.