The California Solar Initiative's RD&D Program has now concluded after operating since 2008 through 2016. All solicitations and research projects are now complete.



 Program overview + Research briefs       

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 Program overview  [13 MB ]

 Research briefs  (high resolution)                     

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For more information on the research projects and resulting reports please review the section below. All completed final reports are also available separately for review and download. 

FINAL REPORTS for completed projects along with individual research briefs can be found here.


CSI RD&D Program - Program Evaluation 



 Report Summary       

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 Final Report  [3 MB ]


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Funded Projects

This is a database of projects funded by the CSI RD&D. The project summaries are listed alphabetically below. You may also choose a subset of projects by clicking a keyword, or using the search function.

Monitoring and Evaluation of a Zero Net Energy Retrofit Home with Energy Storage, Demand Response and Home Energy Management Systems

Current Highlights:


  • FINAL PROJECT REPORT. November 2015.  PDF (1.3 MB)

  • Project kick-off presentation BIRAenergy 26 June 2014  PDF  (764 KB)

Project Information

Solicitation: Solicitation 5
Target Area: Cross-cutting Integration
Awardee: BIRAenergy

Woodbridge Research Associates, Climate Action Center, and Sunverge

CSI Funding: $74,500
Match Funding: $27,400
Start Date: May 2014
End Date: May 2015
Status: Complete

Contact Information

Principal Investigator Name: Rob Hammon
Principal Investigator Email: rob @ biraenergy.com
Principal Investigator Phone: 209-482-1363
Grant Manager Name: Smita Gupta
Grant Manager Email: smita.gupta @ itron.com
Grant Manager Phone: 509-891-3185

Project Summary

This project builds on BIRAenergy's Solicitation #2 project titled "Low-Cost, Smart-Grid Ready Solar Re-Roof Product Enables Residential Solar and Energy Efficient Retrofits." One of the retrofit demonstration homes included energy efficiency features to reduce energy use by 30%, 5 kWAC of solar PV, demand response capable appliances, a 10.77 kWh Sunverge battery storage system and a home energy management system. The retrofit was completed and fully functional in October 2013 allowing only about 2 months of data to be collected under the Solicitation #2 grant.

The focus of this work is to perform more extensive tests and evaluations of this ZNE retrofit home. The BIRAenergy team will test the interactions between the PV, distribution and battery storage systems and demand response, through different operational modes of the home including occupant control through the home energy management system and utility operation of demand response and storage to provide load management.

Deliverables and Documents


Final Project ReportLow-cost ZNE Retrofit: Monitoring & Evaluation of a Zero Net Energy Retrofit Homes with Energy Storage, Demand Response, and Home Energy Management Systems. BIRAenergy. Hammon, R. November 2015.  PDF  (1.3 MB)


  • Project kick-off presentation BIRAenergy 26 June 2014  PDF  (764 KB)

Project Activities

Project Links

Tags: Data , Energy Efficiency , Residential , Retrofit , Storage , ZNE