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Author: US DOE SETO Staff     Published; 7/21/2022    SETO

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New Funding to Accelerate Commercialization of Solar Technologies

DOE announced $27 million in funding to advance innovative product ideas that can increase U.S. manufacturing and expand private investment, especially in cadmium telluride photovoltaics (PV). The Solar Manufacturing Incubator funding opportunity seeks innovative research, development, and demonstration projects that advance next-generation technologies and enable continued cost reductions. Diverse entrepreneurs, small businesses, and larger for-profit entities can register for the Solar Manufacturing Incubator webinar on Aug. 3 and submit a mandatory letter of intent by Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. ET.


New Funding for PV Recycling and Perovskites

The Photovoltaics Research and Development funding opportunity will award $29 million, $10 million of which will come from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, for projects that make PV more recyclable, reduce manufacturing costs, and advance the manufacturing of PV cells from perovskites. Academic institutions, for- and not-for-profit businesses, and state and local governments are all eligible to apply. DOE encourages applications and teams from minority-serving institutions, minority-owned businesses, tribal entities, community colleges, or entities located in underserved communities. Mandatory letters of intent are due by Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. ET.


Last Call for the Perovskite Startup Prize

Hurry! There is still time to apply for the American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize to accelerate the development and manufacturing of perovskite solar cells. Competitors who advance to the next stage of the prize will receive $200,000. Assemble your team and apply by Jul. 28.

Reminder: Apply for Funding to Study Locally Based Energy

Full applications are due Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. ET for the Energyshed: Exploring Place‐Based Generation funding opportunity. Utilities, local governments, and community-based organizations can develop tools to help communities understand the implications of consuming clean energy that they generate locally.

Deadline Approaching for Funding to Study Agriculture and Solar

Applicants who submitted concept papers have until Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. ET to submit full applications for the Foundational Agrivoltaic Research for Megawatt Scale funding opportunity. SETO is interested in projects that partner with farmers who are pursuing climate-smart and sustainable agriculture to examine how the co-location of agriculture and solar energy can scale up to provide new economic opportunities to farmers, rural communities, and the solar industry.

Some Light ? Reading

Request for Information on Vehicle Photovoltaics

DOE seeks public input on challenges and opportunities for vehicles with integrated or attached PV systems. Responses are due Aug. 22 by 5 p.m. ET.

Moment in the Sun: Solar Landscape

Solar Landscape, a leading solar developer in New Jersey, invested in community engagement to bring community solar to more households in New Jersey. Now the company has one of the largest clean energy portfolios focused on low- and moderate-income households.

Small Solar Businesses Awarded Funding

SETO awarded seven small solar companies $8 million through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program. The companies will now work to research and demonstrate their innovative projects in concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), power electronics, and solar-powered water technologies


Submit CSP Papers to Solar Energy

Researchers! Submit your papers for an upcoming special issue of Solar Energy: “Particle-based Solar Energy Capture and Storage for Concentrated Solar Power.” Relevant topics include particle-based solar receiver development, system integration of CSP, and more.

SETO is Hiring

SETO is looking to hire a physical scientist or engineer to join the Systems Integration team as a technology manager. Technology managers in systems integration lead projects focused on integrating resilient and cost-effective solar energy into the nation’s electricity grid. Learn more about the position and apply by Jul. 29.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: SolarAPP+ Industry Roundtable for Local Authorities and Installers

July 21 | 1 p.m. ET
Join a roundtable of solar industry leaders and government officials to learn how SolarAPP+ can save your community time and money by streamlining solar permitting.

Webinar: Solar Manufacturing Incubator Funding Opportunity

August 3 | 3 p.m. ET
SETO will host an informational webinar to discuss the new funding opportunity and the areas of focus.