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To meet the Solar Energy Technologies Office's (SETO's) goals, the industry must innovate new ways to automate and speed processes that make it easier for consumers, businesses, utilities, solar companies, and others to access solar power. Recognizing that the perceived risk of investing in a solar energy project is much greater than the actual risk, SETO supports market players who are working to invalidate these myths and improve access to capital using data and system performance metrics.
Funding programs in this area include:
- Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies - Round 1 and Round 2: Big data, analytics and real-world pilot programs developed at universities, businesses, and laboratories
- Orange Button℠ - Solar Bankability Data to Advance Transactions and Access: Streamlining solar data sharing across market players
- Incubator: Software start-ups in customer acquisition, finance and more
- Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize: Innovation ecosystem for rapid prototyping and launch of solar software solutions