SETO Newsletter: New Solar Prize; $3 Million for Perovskite Innovations; Small-Business Selections Announced

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Edit Round 5 of the American-Made Solar Prize

The next round of the American-Made Solar Prize is here! This time, with two tracks—a hardware track and a software track—and a new Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Contest. Applicants compete for $5 million in prizes. The deadline to apply is October 5. Find details at the informational webinar, listed below.

American-Made Solar Prize Round 5

Deadline Approaching: Perovskite Startup Prize Competition 

Applications are still being accepted for the two-stage, $3 million Perovskite Startup Prize. The competition seeks to fund projects that support the rapid development of perovskite solar cells for commercialization. The first application period closes June 30.

Small Businesses Selected for High-Risk, Innovative Research

On June 7, DOE announced 22 small businesses selected to receive up to $200,000 to commercialize their solar innovations. These projects cover a range of topics, including solar for agriculture, floating photovoltaic systems, weatherproof or cybersecurity systems, components for thermal transport systems, and more.


Respond Soon: Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) Photovoltaic (PV) Accelerator Solicitation

The deadline is fast approaching to apply to lead the CdTe PV Accelerator Consortium. The consortium is designed to expand domestic CdTe PV material and module production, identify technology development priorities, and enable the commercialization of new technologies. Submit your proposals by June 19.

Upcoming Events

American-Made Solar Prize Round 5 Informational Webinar

July 13 | 3 p.m. ET
SETO will host an informational webinar about the $5 million American-Made Solar Prize Round 5 competition to discuss the hardware and software tracks, and how to apply.

Solar to the Max: Innovations in Distribution Grid Planning and Operations

July 24-25 | 12 p.m. ET
SETO will host a two-day webinar series discussing the ENabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) funding program. The webinar will address DOE’s efforts and priorities in distributed solar R&D with special guest presentations from ENERGISE awardees.

Products & Publications

Diverse Suppliers Database – Solar Energy Industries Association

Solar Newsletter – National Renewable Energy Laboratory 

Solar Energy Research Database – SETO

In Case You Missed It

Workshop: Building a Resilient Community Using Distributed Energy Resources

On April 7, SETO held a two-day workshop to discuss how solar and other distributed energy resources can help build resilient communities. Check out the major takeaways and a breakdown of each session.

Secretary Granholm Raises LGBTQ Flag in Recognition of Pride Month

In full support of Pride Month, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm joined LGBTQ employees outside of DOE headquarters to raise the Progress Pride Flag.  

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