The Manufacturing and Competitiveness team issues competitive solicitations for projects that target two known funding gaps in bringing new technologies to market: those that occur at the prototype commercialization stage, as well as those at the commercial scale-up stage. Financial awards allow recipients to help advance the Solar Energy Technologies Office's 2030 goals. The manufacturing and competitiveness funding programs focus on moving innovative ideas from the proof of concept stage to achieving market adoption.
|Funding Program||Year Announced||Amount Awarded|
|SunShot National Laboratory Multiyear Partnership (SuNLaMP)||2015||$3M|
|Incubator Program (Rounds 1-9*)||2007-2014||$127M|
|Solar Manufacturing Technology (SolarMaT)||2013||$13M|
|High Impact Supply Chain R&D for PV Technologies and Systems||2011||$20M|
|Photovoltaic Manufacturing Initiative (PVMI)||2011||$110M|
|Scaling Up Nascent PV AT Home (SUNPATH)||2011||$37M|
*The Incubator program is a cross-cutting initiative that funds projects that will bring technology to market in all five solar office teams.
In addition to these competitive awards, the office also funds projects in the Small Business Voucher Pilot program, which offers technical assistance to small businesses from our national laboratories. Learn more.
For more information on available funding, visit the funding opportunities page.
The Solar Energy Technologies Office issues competitive solicitations that fund cooperative research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects by private companies, universities, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.03 per kilowatt-hour (not including incentives). Per Section 988 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, all of our awards have a cost share requirement that awardees must meet to receive their funding, which can be met through direct or indirect project costs. The cost sharing requirements generally require a 20 percent cost share for research and development, with an exemption for basic or fundamental research and development, and a 50 percent cost share for demonstration and commercial application activities. Learn more about the Energy Department’s Financial Assistance.