Renewable Energy Research

The primary goal of the PIER's renewable energy research is to invest in renewable energy research, development and demonstration projects that accelerate deployment of renewable energy. Further goals are to advance market adoption of innovative renewable energy technologies, simplify interconnection to the electric transmission and distribution system and support policies that enable sustainable renewable energy generation, integration, security, and use. In order to maximize the investment benefit to California electricity and natural gas customers, the research focuses on deployment and integration projects targeted at three key market scales: utility scale, community scale, and building scale.

For more background information please go to the policy context page. In addition, the California Energy Commission has an extensive Renewables Program devoted to outreach, education and renewable energy technology incentives.