Infinite Invention (I2) has secured an award from round 2.0 of the prestigious Game Changer Program, an initiative by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) to stimulate emerging clean energy technologies.  The goal of the project is to prove the value of the ConnectDER interconnection technology to various parties in Maryland and ultimately, to reduce the soft costs of installing residential solar photovoltaic systems.

I2 will work with a team of partners including Standard Solar, Brooks Engineering, and Potomac Edison (Pepco).  In addition to deploying ConnectDER units to Maryland homes, I2 will train solar installer staff, utility staff, code officials, and permitting officials on the device. As part of the grant project, the project team will create project contracts, marketing materials, and legal documents related to this new way to connect a residential solar photovoltaic system to the electric grid.  We will also recruit homeowners and engage a technical subject matter expert to provide independent review of the installation process and device.

About the Game Changer Program: To help achieve clean energy diversity, MEA promotes the transfer and commercialization of energy technology from private and public laboratories to products and services benefiting the citizens of the State.  Through these efforts, MEA is interested in supporting the deployment of “game changing” or innovative, early-commercialization stage energy generation (electric or thermal energy) technologies in actual installed projects.  MEA’s ultimate objectives are to mitigate the additional costs and risks of installing game changer technologies, evaluate the efficacy of those technologies through performance data collection and analysis, and to assess the cost/benefit ratios of those technologies through life cycle analyses.  Find out more about the Game Changer Program here.