Soft Costs Competitive Awards

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Current Awards

Funding Program                                                                                     Year Announced Amount Awarded
Solar in Your Community Challenge 2017 $5M
Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 2 – State Energy Strategies (SEEDS2-SES) 2016 $21M
Solar Training and Education for Professionals 2016 $10M
Orange Button℠ - Solar Bankability Data to Advance Transactions and Access (SB-DATA) 2016 $3.6M
Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) 2015 $13M
Solar Market Pathways 2015 $16.5M
SunShot National Laboratory Multiyear Partnership (SuNLaMP) 2015 $24M

Past Awards

Funding Program                                                                                     Year Announced Amount Awarded
SunShot Prize 2015 $10M
Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize 2014 $1M
Rooftop Solar Challenge II 2013 $12M
Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) 2013 $15M
Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) 2013 $9M
SunShot Incubator Round 6 2012 $8M
Rooftop Solar Challenge 2011 $12M
Solar Projects to Reduce Market Barriers and Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs 2011 $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.   

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