Current Awards

Past Awards

Funding Program                                                                                    Year AnnouncedAmount Awarded
Solar in Your Community Challenge2016$5M
SunShot Prize2015$10M
Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize2014$1M
Rooftop Solar Challenge II2013$12M
Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED)2013$15M
Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS)2013$9M
SunShot Incubator Round 62012$8M
Rooftop Solar Challenge2011$12M
Solar Projects to Reduce Market Barriers and Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs2011$14M
Solar Outreach Partnership (Solar Ops)2009$10M


For more information on available funding, visit the financial opportunities page.

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.