Solar Forecasting Prize Launched

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officially launched the Solar Forecasting Prize, which aims to incentivize innovators to develop tools that predict how much energy solar power plants will generate, so that grid operators can plan for and manage it. Up to five winners will receive $50,000 in cash, and about five runners-up will receive $25,000 in cash.

Read the official rules, and apply before December 15.

You can also join us for an informational webinar on the Solar Forecasting Prize on November 8, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, to review the structure and rules of this new competition.

Solar and Cybersecurity Summit

On November 3 from noon to 4:30 p.m. ET, DOE and the Solar Energy Industries Association will host the Cybersecurity Summit: Securing Our Solar Future Today, discussing lessons learned from cyber-attacks, best practices, and trends key to securing solar energy and storage on the grid.

Perovskite Startup Prize Finalist

The Perovskite Startup Prize has its first finalist: The new startup Beyond Silicon, from Chandler, Arizona, won $200,000 for its perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell innovation and its plans to bring it closer to market.

Do you have a perovskite innovation and business plan? The next application period in the competition is open now, with up to eight $200,000 cash prizes available. Apply by January 4, 2022. Learn more about the prize and follow the challenge for updates.