The California Energy Commission is currently seeking applicants for their Energy Innovations Small Grant Program (EISG). EISG provides up to $95,000 for hardware projects and $50,000 for modeling projects to small businesses, non-profits, individuals, and academic institutions researching the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts.

Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

(a) Advance science or technology not adequately addressed by competitive and regulated markets.
(b) Propose an original innovative solution to a significant energy problem.
(c) Focus on technology still in the proof-of-concept phase.
(d) Address a California market need.
(e) Provide a clear potential benefit to California electricity ratepayers.
(f) Target one of the Public Interest Energy Research program areas, such as generating renewable energy or improving energy efficiency in buildings.

End Date: 10/27/2009

To apply for this grant click here.

Total funding for EISG grants is approximately $2.6 million. Applicants are currently limited to submitting the same energy concept proposal to either the EISG Electricity or the EISG Natural Gas.

Primary Contact: EISG Program Administrator
San Diego State University Foundation 5250 Campanile Drive, MC 1858
San Diego, CA 92182-1858
EISG Program Administrator (
(619) 594-1049
(619) 594-0996

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After a decade performing as a lead guitarist for rock bands, Chris de Morsella decided to return to the career his uncle mentored him in as a youth....Software Engineering. Since that time he has thrown himself into his work. He has designed a compound document publishing architecture for regulatory submissions capable of handling very large multi-document FDA regulatory drug approval submissions, for Liquent, a division of Thompson Publishing. At the Associated Press, Chris worked with senior editors at facilities around the world, to develop a solution for replacing existing editorial systems with an integrated international content management solution. He lead the design effort at Microsoft for a help system for mobile devices designed to provide contextual help for users. Chris also helped to develop the web assisted installer for LifeCam2.0, the software for Microsoft’s web cam and developed late breaking features for the product He also served with the Rhapsody client team to redesign and build a major new release of Real Networks Rhapsody client product. His most recent assignment has been Working with the Outlook Mobile Time Management team for the next release of Outlook Mobile for the SmartPhone. Chris' interests are in green building and architecture, smart grid, the cloud, geo-thermal energy, solar energy, smart growth, organic farming and permaculture. Follow Chris on Twitter.