A Community Solar Platform from Planet A Energy, Inc. is among 28 projects awarded grant money from New Energy Nexus’ California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) program. In a recent announcement, the California Energy Commission (CEC) confirmed that the 28 $150,000 grants had been assigned recipients as part of a new Concept Awardees program.
Planet A Energy, Inc.’s community solar platform is joined by 27 other company projects, all dealing with renewable energy. To cut down the list of 212 applicants to the CalSEED program, CEC put companies through an involved process that included scrutiny from the curated technical advisory committee from CalSEED. The grant money is intended to assist with innovations in the clean energy industry, and each one had to fall within specific tech categories:
According to CalSEED’s program director, Joy Larson, the proposed technologies range from quick to implement long-term solutions with a ways to go until execution. She confirmed that the proposed ideas were generated by industry innovators aiming to help the nation reach climate goals.
Planet A Energy’s Community Solar Platform was proposed as a long-duration storage system that can stand up to hurricane winds and other natural disasters. The program would be built to sustain community and commercial-level operations. Its construction would include insulated shipping containers filled with basalt sand, which is a cost-saver. Planet A Energy proposed the concept as a new form of renewable technology that would collect solar energy and store it for up to 2-3 weeks.
Other solar programs chosen by the CEC include NeoCharge Corporation’s smart grid platform, Taa Solar Corporation’s tube-based solar panels, infiniRel Coporation’s solar plant diagnostics, and Portable Solar, Inc.’s 2-kilowatt portable solar system capable of reducing power bills by up to 40%.
CalSEED’s grants totaled up to $4.2 million, spread out across the 28 companies.