SETO Newsletter: Join the Summer of Solar; Small Solar Business Selections Announced

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Turn Up the Heat: DOE’s Summer of Solar Campaign

Summer is officially underway, and what better way to celebrate all the sunshine than with solar energy? Last week, DOE launched the Summer of Solar campaign to celebrate the Americans of different backgrounds who are taking advantage of the sun’s energy and the communities that are making it easier to go solar. To start, DOE set a goal of signing up 125 cities for the Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP+) tool, a free online portal that helps local governments instantly process permits for residential solar systems.

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New Technologies from National Labs Receive Funding 

Six new solar projects are receiving more than $2 million in funding through the Office of Technology Transitions' Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). TCF awards funding to DOE’s National Laboratories to help commercialize promising energy technologies and support lab-industry partnerships.

Prepare for Liftoff: Perovskite Startup Prize Application Deadline

The $3 million Perovskite Startup Prize is moving onward and upward! Your team could win $200,000 to start moving world-class perovskite solar technologies out of the lab and into a brand-new U.S. company. Want to get in on the fun? Apply by September 30.

American-Made Challenges Perovskite Startup Prize

Changing the World One Small Solar Company at a Time

Six small solar companies have been selected to bring their innovative solar research and development projects to life. These companies will receive $5.5 million as part of Phase II of DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. These projects address a range of topics, including floating solar-powered aeration systems and agricultural solar systems.

Upcoming Events

National League of Cities Presents: Streamline Solar Permitting Using No-Cost SolarAPP+ Online Tool

July 28 | 2 p.m. ET
DOE will join the National League of Cities for an overview of the SolarAPP+ tool and how communities can instantly deploy SolarAPP+ using their existing permitting software system.

Solar District Cup Informational Webinar

August 18 | 12 p.m. ET
The Solar District Cup competition kicks off this September, and we want you to be prepared when the application period opens! Join us for an informational webinar on how students and faculty can participate in the Solar District Cup Class of 2021-2022.

Generation 3 Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Summit

August 25-26 | 11 a.m. ET
SETO’s Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power (CSP) team will host a virtual Generation 3 CSP Summit, gathering SETO-funded awardees and the research and utility communities for a discussion on current market activity, research, and development for CSP technologies.

Products & Publications

The North American Renewable Integration Study (video) – DOE

In Case You Missed It

Leadership Roundtable: Empowering Cities to Accelerate Rooftop Solar Installations Across America

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm held a leadership roundtable for the launch of the SolarAPP+ tool. The webinar discussed how local governments can adopt and use the tool in their communities and how it will benefit solar developers as well.

SETO 2021 Solar Forecasting Research and Development Workshop

SETO hosted a workshop on solar forecasting research and development with keynote speakers Dave Turner of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Justin Sharp of Sharply Focused, and Congcong Wang from Midcontinent Independent System Operator. A panel discussion covered topics ranging from current capabilities and data collection to sub-grid modeling and integrating forecasts into real-world electricity generation.

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