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New Funding to Understand Solar's Interactions with Wildlife and Ecosystems

There is $10 million in funding available for innovative solutions that maximize benefits and minimize impacts to wildlife and ecosystems from solar energy infrastructure. The Deploying Solar with Wildlife and Ecosystem Services Benefits (SolWEB) funding opportunity will award up to nine projects to help reduce barriers, costs, and timelines for the deployment of large-scale solar energy. Research institutions, the solar industry, community-based organizations, local governments, and conservation groups are encouraged to apply. Mandatory concept papers are due April 11 at 5 p.m. ET.

SETO FY22 SolWEB FOA Graphic

Solar Supply Chain Assessment Details Global Industry

DOE released a new assessment that explores the global solar supply chain and opportunities for domestic manufacturing. It includes strategies and actions the U.S. government can take that could facilitate a global solar industry aligned with U.S. interests and reestablish robust domestic leadership in solar manufacturing.

New Performance Targets for Perovskite Photovoltaic R&D

SETO received responses to its request for information (RFI) on the efficiency, stability, and replicability performance targets for perovskite photovoltaic (PV) devices. Check out the summary document for aggregated information from all the responses, a revised performance target matrix, and potential utilization by SETO.

Share Your Input on Building-Integrated PV

DOE has issued an RFI to gather input on technical and commercial challenges and opportunities for building-integrated PV systems. Stakeholders from industry, research laboratories, academia, and government agencies are encouraged to respond to this RFI by April 1 at 5 p.m. ET.

Teams Exploring the Equitable Adoption of Solar Energy

Eight teams are advancing to the third round of the Solar Energy Innovation Network, a program that supports multi-stakeholder teams to research and develop solutions to real-world challenges associated with solar energy adoption. Over the next year, these teams will develop and refine plans for projects that seek to advance equity by reducing barriers to solar access in specific underserved communities.

Technical Assistance for Remote and Island Communities

Remote, island, and islanded communities can apply to receive substantial support from DOE’s Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) to transform their energy systems and increase energy resilience. The program employs a community-driven approach to identify and plan strategic clean energy and energy resilience solutions that address a community's specific challenges. Submit an application by April 15.

Application Deadline: Perovskite Startup Prize

DOE is looking for entrepreneurs to accelerate the development and manufacturing of perovskite solar cells. Competitors who advance to the next stage will receive a $200,000 cash prize. Assemble your team and apply by April 28 at 5 p.m. ET.

Perovskite Startup Prize Timeline

Say Cheese: Hyperlight Energy to Power Cheese Maker

Back in 2016, Hyperlight Energy received a $1.5 million award from DOE to advance its low-cost collector for solar-thermal industrial heat processing. Now, the company will launch a new solar-thermal processing plant at a Saputo Cheese production facility in California.

Building Community Solar Success

Two New York-based projects share lessons learned from partnering with grassroots organizations and local utilities to launch community solar projects. Learn more about the Sunset Park and Community Power projects.

The State of Community Solar Deployment

The National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) published a report on the 2021 virtual convenings that brought together state representatives to discuss community solar deployment. The report includes a summary of key challenges, opportunities, and potential needs and resources that states identified to support their solar development. The findings from these convenings are guiding current NCSP support to state governments.

Extending the Lifespan of Solar Modules

The Durable Module Materials Consortium (DuraMAT) is exploring innovative approaches to make PV modules last up to 50 years. To better understand module durability, researchers at DuraMAT are conducting stress tests to see how modules perform under different environmental conditions.

Keep Up with the Office of Electricity

Subscribe to this new email list to receive information about how the DOE Office of Electricity is supporting the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law through the Building a Better Grid Initiative and expanding cutting edge R&D around innovative grid technologies, energy storage, and advanced modeling and data analytics.

Upcoming Events

Happening Today: Getting to 5 Million: Current Community Solar Market Trends and Pathways to Reach 5 Million Households

March 17 | 1 p.m. ET
Join SETO and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for a look at solar deployment data and market drivers that demonstrate the NCSP’s pathway to expanding community solar access to 5 million households.

Solar Prize Round 5 Pitch Showcase

March 22 | 11 a.m. ET: Software Track
March 25 | 11 a.m. ET: Hardware Track
Solar Prize Round 5 semifinalists will present their solar innovations to a public audience and panel of industry experts during the Solar Prize Pitch Showcase. Tune in on Tuesday, March 22, to hear Software Track pitches and Friday, March 25, to hear Hardware Track pitches. 

EnergyTech University Prize National Pitch Finals

March 24 | 11 a.m. ET
The 11 EnergyTech University Prize Regional Winners and 6 Technology Bonus Prize Finalists are moving on to the Refine Phase of the competition, where they’ll refine their market analyses and business opportunities. Check out the students’ progress at the virtual EnergyTech UP National Pitch Finals.

CMU Energy Week Virtual Networking Mixer

March 25 | 3:30 p.m. ET
Join the top innovators, organizations, students, and entrepreneurs in the energy industry at the CMU Energy Week Virtual Networking Mixer, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute. The event will include the announcement of EnergyTech University Prize and Solar Forecasting Prize winners, followed by a free virtual networking session for energy industry professionals.

Products & Publications

In Case You Missed It

Webinar: Solar Power in Your Community Guidebook

Watch the recording of this event, in which NREL and SETO discussed the 2022 update to the Solar Power in Your Community guidebook and best practices for adding solar in your community.

SolWEB Funding Opportunity Informational Webinar

SETO staff discussed the topic areas for the open funding opportunity in Deploying Solar with Wildlife and Ecosystem Service Benefits.

Learn more about SETO or DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.