The California Energy Commission will award up to $26 million in grants for advanced technologies and solutions that support the increased viability, capability, adoption or grid integration of distributed solar resources. The Commission’s solicitation calls for pilot demonstrations of advanced solar+storage technologies, enhanced modeling tools to maximize solar+storage benefits, advanced smart inverter capabilities that help reduce the adverse impacts of high amounts of PV on the grid, forecasting tools the California Independent System Operator can integrate into its planning efforts, and energy storage technologies that prevent the uncontrolled mid-day export of large amounts of solar PV generation to the grid and reduce the evening net load peak. Read more here.