Cypress Creek Renewables receives $1.5 million from DOE to test bifacial modules

Cypress Creek Renewables has been selected to receive $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance PV research and development. The project will accelerate the industry’s ability to integrate cost-reducing bifacial modules in solar system design.

Cypress Creek was chosen as a part of the Energy Department’s FY2018 SETO funding program, an effort to invest in new projects that lower solar electricity costs and support a growing solar workforce. This project is one of several photovoltaics research projects that focus on improving the performance and reliability of PV cells, modules, and systems and reducing materials and processing costs.

“As a national solar company, Cypress Creek shares the Energy Department’s goal to reduce the cost of solar electricity in all regions of the US,” said Jenya Meydbray, Vice President of Solar Technology at Cypress Creek. “We will draw upon our internal development, build, and operating talent, as well as that of our partners, to further the industry’s potential to decrease the cost of solar energy through bifacial systems.”

Despite the solar industry’s excitement for bifacial modules, research and development is needed to ascertain, calculate, and disseminate the system-level choices that impact solar electricity production. The Energy Department funding will help ensure that the test sites are sufficiently instrumented to improve the production models. Additionally, the award will support electric and racking suppliers in the development of products needed for this system. Learnings as a part of this project will be shared with the public.

Cypress Creek has a portfolio of more than 8 GW of solar projects deployed or in development across the country. Last year, the company built 870 MW of low-cost solar projects, more than any other utility-scale solar company in the country.

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