The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) experience with previous loan guarantee solicitation processes has yielded useful lessons. Where possible, DOE has tried to incorporate these lessons into new solicitations in order to make the application process transparent and robust, yet efficient. Stronger applications will enable DOE to process loan guarantee applications more efficiently, significantly reducing the administrative and resource burdens on the applicant as well. To that end, DOE has compiled this non-exhaustive list of features that have historically distinguished particularly strong applications from weaker ones.