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Data-Driven Distributed (3D) Solar Visibility Prize

Open Date:


Close Date:


Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institutions
  • Local Governments
  • Native/Tribal Entities
  • Non-profits
  • Private Sector
  • State Governments

Program Purpose:

  • Energy Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy


Upcoming Milestones:

Informational Webinar: May 29, 2024 at 3 pm ET. Register here.

Competition registration materials are due July 10, 2024.

This prize closes and re-opens with each of its phases.


Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Energy


The Data-Driven Distributed (3D) Solar Visibility Prize is designed to incentivize innovators to develop models and algorithms that can provide accurate and real-time information about distributed solar generation in electric power distribution networks.

The prize seeks to promote awareness and adoption of distribution system state estimation (DSSE) algorithms and software tools to improve the visibility of distribution systems and their operating conditions. Having near real-time data on distribution networks allows utilities and grid operators to make better operational decisions and optimize distributed energy resources like solar energy.

Competitors will develop a DSSE tool to perform calculations using DOE-provided synthetic measurement data and will submit their DSSE tool results for two distribution system networks for 14 consecutive days. DSSE tools will be tested and judged through the Open Energy Data Initiative for systems integration (OEDI SI) platform, a Solar Energy Technologies Office-funded, open-source, cloud-based web portal platform. The prize aims to accelerate the adoption of the OEDI SI platform among grid operators. DSSE performance will be compared to a set of industry standard metrics to select the top-performing teams.

The 3D Solar Visibility Prize is open to U.S.-based for-profit and nonprofit private entities and nonfederal government entities, such as states, counties, Tribes, municipalities, and academic institutions.

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