American-Made Solar Prize Round 3

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American-Made Solar Prize

The American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million competition designed to revitalize solar manufacturing in the United States. Teams will be selected from a diverse applicant pool of entrepreneurial students, professors, small-business owners, company staffers, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Laboratories, and anyone else based in the United States with a potentially marketable solar technology solution. This challenge requires competitors to make progress on a condensed timeline, form private-sector partnerships, and secure investments to make their ideas a reality.

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, Round 3 of the American-Made Solar Prize was launched. To participate, competitors must identify a critical challenge related to American solar manufacturing competitiveness, create a proof of concept, and secure a partner to test a prototype. Competitors will participate in demonstration days, where they will pitch their ideas. At these national events, a panel of expert reviewers will evaluate competitors based on the quality of their solution and the progress made during the contest period.

Learn more about the previous rounds of the American-Made Solar Prize:


  • The Ready! Contest opened on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.
  • The Ready! Contest submission deadline is Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Competitors will be announced in February 2020.  
  • The Set! Contest will open in February 2020. Finalists will be determined at a demo day in June 2020. This will mark the beginning of the final Go! Contest period. 
  • The final winners will be determined at a demo day in September 2020.

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The American-Made Solar Prize is a part of the American-Made Challenges and is administered by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.