Photovoltaics Competitive Awards

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In support of the goals of the photovoltaics subprogram, the Energy Department issues competitive solicitations to fund targeted research projects through funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Awards are made to universities, national laboratories, and industry.

Current Awards

Funding Program                                                                                    Year AnnouncedAmount Awarded
Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2018 (SETO FY2018)2018$28M
Photovoltaic Research and Development 2: Modules and Systems (PVRD2)2017$20M
Photovoltaic Research and Development (PVRD)2016$17M
Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar 2 (PREDICTS 2)2015$7M

Past Awards

Cost Share

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.  

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