This is a coalition of stakeholders organized by the U.S. DOE, who are working to expand access to affordable community solar. NCSP plans to accomplish their goal of more affordable community solar through a network of infrastructure, technical assistance and collaboration. DOE will work to equip partners with tools and information needed to design and implement successful community solar models.
The U.S. DOE has opened Round 4 of its American-Made Solar Prize to new participants based in the U.S. This includes individuals, representatives of a company, university students or professors, small-business owners and researchers at National Labs. Participants will help to spur innovation around manufacturing solar technologies. Applications for this competition are due October 8, 2020.
The U.S. DOE has opened up a competition where participants can compete for up to $250,000 cash prize. The Innovations in Advanced Manufacturing for Hydropower (I AM Hydro) Prize is looking for ways to lower costs on manufacturing hydropower components and improving hydropower system designs. Submissions will be judged based on innovation, impact and feasibility. Submissions are due by September 30, 2020.
DOE is looking to test and verify perovskite’s long-term durability to enhance production of perovskite solar photovoltaic cells. DOE will fund projects in three topic areas: device efficiency and stability research and development; manufacturing research and development; and validation and bankability. Concept papers are due September 23, 2020.
Under the American-Made program, DOE will be hosting a geothermal manufacturing challenge that is meant to spur innovation that addresses manufacturing for geothermal technology that can withstand the harsh geothermal environments. The Geothermal Manufacturing challenge will have 4 phases with a chance to win up to $3.25 million in cash and National Lab vouchers. Submissions are due by August 26, 2020.
For further funding opportunities please follow this link to DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office’s Funding Opportunity Exchange.
For additional funding opportunities from USDA please follow this link: https://nifa.usda.gov/page/search-grant. If you are looking for energy-related program opportunities, please use the filters located on the USDA’s webpage; this link is to a list of all of USDA’s funding opportunities.