Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program

August 01, 2003


The Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program is intended to determine the feasibility of energy technology and science innovations for new energy concepts whose feasibility are not yet established. Approximately $2 to $2.5 million per year of PIER funds will be available through September of 2004. The program is administered by the California State University Foundation. The California Energy Commission is the sponsoring agency and retains policy control and grant approval authority. The EISG Program provides up to $75,000 to small businesses, non-profits, individuals and academic institutions to conduct research that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts. Research projects must target one of the six PIER program areas: (1) Industrial/Agriculture/Water End-use Efficiency; (2) Building End-use Efficiency; (3) Environmentally Preferred Advanced Generation; (4) Renewable Generation; (5) Energy-Related Environmental Research; and (6) Energy Systems Integration (previously known as Strategic Energy Research). The projects must address a California energy problem and provide a potential benefit to California electric ratepayers. Up to four solicitations per year are planned. To encourage participation in the program the application and award process has been Simplified. The Grant Application Manual and supporting documents can be downloaded from the web page containing the current solicitation notice. You must use the grant application manual posted with the solicitation that you responding to.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: California
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: San Diego State University Foundation
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels
  • Wind (Small)
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Maximum Incentive: $75,000
Equipment Requirements: Expense reimbursement


Name: Hal Clark
Organization: San Diego State University Foundation
Address: 5250 Campanile Drive, MC 1858
San Diego CA 92182-1858
Phone: (619) 594-1049

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.