San Jose, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 15, 2010 - Silicon Valley solar system manufacturer SunPower Corp. has been awarded a grant from the California Solar Initiative Research, Development, Deployment and Demonstration (CSI RD&D) Program to investigate the integration of solar systems with smart metering.

SunPower will team up with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) on the project to research the new hardware and software tools for providing bi-directional communication and management between PV systems and utility controls using advanced metering infrastructure.

In a second project supported by the CSI RD&D program, SunPower will explore the planning and modeling for high penetration PV on the California transmission and distribution network. The company will research the development of tools and resources necessary to facilitate the study of high penetration PV scenarios using industry standard simulation tools.

The two grants total approximately $1.5 million.