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DOE Announces $5 Million Solar Competition:

The U.S. DOE’s 5th round of the American-Made Solar Prize is designed to support U.S. solar manufacturing and to address challenges to rapid and equitable solar deployment by incentivizing hardware and software development. Teams in the hardware track will compete for up to $3 million and teams in the software track will compete for up to $2 million. Participation in earlier rounds is not required. Teams must apply by October 5th.

$14.5 Million Available for Geothermal Research and Development:

The U.S. DOE announced the availability of up to $14.5 million for field testing of enhanced geothermal system technologies and technique within existing wells. The DOE expects investments such as this to increase geothermal power generation 26-fold by 2050. Full applications are due on July 26th, 2021. 

$12.2 Million Available for Innovations in LED Technology:

The U.S. DOE’s Building Technologies Office is searching for innovations in LED lighting that lead to improved lighting performance, energy, carbon, and cost savings. Teams and individuals can participate in three distinct phases that award a total of up to $12.2 million. Phases begin and end May 17, 2021 – November 19, 2021; February 15, 2022 – December 15, 2022; and March 2024 – July 2024. Participation in initial phases is not required to be eligible for subsequent phases. 

Registration is open for the National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP):

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.



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: 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.

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