Author: US DOE Staff     Published: 7/6/2023     EERE

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

EERE Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) announced the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Silicon Solar Manufacturing and Dual-use Photovoltaics Incubator funding opportunity, which will award $45 million for projects to enable continued solar cost reductions while developing next-generation solar technologies and boosting American solar manufacturing.  

The research and demonstration projects resulting from this funding opportunity will help enable domestic manufacturing of affordable solar hardware, increase the portion of solar hardware value kept in the U.S. economy, and promote domestic manufacturing of taxpayer-funded technology developments. Projects from this funding opportunity will also support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and facilitate secure, robust, and reliable integration of solar electricity into the nation’s energy grid. 

A particular focus of this announcement is on innovative products or solutions that can increase the manufacturing of silicon photovoltaics (PV) throughout the supply chain. Other projects will accelerate development of hardware for dual-use PV systems in the co-location of agriculture and PV (agrivoltaics), floating PV, vehicle-integrated PV, and building-integrated PV. Learn more about past Incubator funding program awardees. 

SETO’s mission is to accelerate the development and deployment of solar technology to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and decarbonized energy sector by 2050. Achieving this goal will help meet the threat of climate change and ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy. 

SETO expects to make between five to 12 awards ranging from $1 million to $10 million under the Fiscal Year 2023 Silicon Solar Manufacturing and Dual-use Photovoltaics Incubator funding opportunity. SETO encourages for-profit applicants to team with diverse institutions including academic institutions, non-profits, state and local governments, and Tribal governments.  

Prior to submitting a full application for this opportunity, a mandatory concept paper is due on September 27, 2023, at 5 p.m. ET 

SETO will host an informational webinar on July 12, 2023 at 4 p.m. ET to discuss the funding opportunity and the areas of focus. Attend the webinar 

Applicants can also access free Application Education Services through the American-Made Network and can engage with the following points of contact at ADL Ventures, Entrepreneur Futures Network (EFN), and the University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) for more details:   

Learn more about this funding opportunity and other open funding opportunities within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.