SBIR-STTR Award

Rural and Community Solar PV Production Aggregating Forecast Solution
Award last edited on: 1/10/2023

Sponsored Program
SBIR
Awarding Agency
USDA
Total Award Amount
$125,000
Award Phase
1
Solicitation Topic Code
8.6
Principal Investigator
Jeff Xu

Company Information

Leaptran Inc

3463 Magic Drive Suite 202
San Antonio, TX 78249
   (210) 324-9378
   N/A
   www.leaptran.com
Location: Single
Congr. District: 20
County: Bexar

Phase I

Contract Number: 2022-01250
Start Date: 4/6/2022    Completed: 2/28/2023
Phase I year
2022
Phase I Amount
$125,000
Leaptran proposes to develop an innovative solar forecasting software solution to aggregate multiple solar sites located in rural areas. The software solution will:"¢ forecast individual solar energy generation (i.e. intra-hour intra-day and day-ahead) accurately and reliably"¢ aggregate solar forecasting among rural small and scattered solar sites which cannot be accomplished cost effectively nowadays and"¢ offer electric co-ops and solar owners the flexibility to make business decisions in fulfilling its contracts during extreme weather. Leaptran plans to achieve goal in Phase I by aggregating at least 3 solar sites located in rural areas to prove the concept. The objective is to design a robust software tool that helps electric co-ops capitalize on electricity market opportunities by keeping as a low-cost electricity provider for its community members and promoting solar development. If provided with the opportunity to extend this project into Phase II after the proof of concept Leaptran would focus on harnessing aggregating integrating computing and visualizing big data from multiple solar sites to offer solar forecasting asset monitoring weather forecasting for various stakeholders (e.g. co-ops and solar owners/developers). We can commercialize this software tool in a traditional licensing deal and/or software as a service (SaaS). Ultimately we envision the software will offer the ability for a better communication among stakeholders for energy conservation and other utility services or contracts. The technology will facilitate transparency among utility grid operator’s generation transmission and distribution to view the results from a single point to gain a great economic benefit for rural community.

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