Solar Snapshot: Federal Tax Credit Savings, SETO at RE+, and Funding Deadline Extensions and Reminders

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Funding Opportunities and Prizes

Apply for Funding to Advance Workforce Equity

There is $10 million in funding available for projects that identify common challenges and opportunities to facilitate the rapid deployment of solar energy technologies while supporting an inclusive workforce. Letters of intent for the Advancing Equity Through Workforce Partnerships funding opportunity are due September 13 at 5 p.m. ET.

Deadline Extended for the Grid Services Funding Opportunity

Concept papers for the Solar and Wind Grid Services and Reliability Demonstration funding opportunity are now due September 15 at 5 p.m. ET. $26 million in funding is available for projects that demonstrate the reliable operation of a decarbonized electrical grid.

Grid Services FOA

Take Your Solar Innovation to the Next Level

The Solar Manufacturing Incubator funding opportunity offers $27 million in funding to increase U.S. manufacturing across the solar industry supply chain. Free education services are available for applicants through the American-Made Network. Diverse entrepreneurs, small businesses, and larger for-profit entities are encouraged to submit their letters of intent by September 16 at 5 p.m. ET.


Compete in the American-Made Solar Prize Round 6

U.S.-based entrepreneurs are invited to submit ideas for innovative hardware and software solar technologies for a chance to win cash prizes and technical assistance. Sign up to compete by October 6 at 5 p.m. ET.

Apply to Compete in the Sunny Awards

The Sunny Awards for Equitable Community Solar (The Sunny Awards) offers up to $100,000 in prizes to recognize community solar projects and programs that increase equitable access to the meaningful benefits of community solar for subscribers and their communities. Applications are due by October 7 at 5 p.m. ET.

Some Light 🌞 Reading

SETO is Hiring!

SETO is looking to hire an operations manager and two technology managers: one for the Strategic and Institutional Support team and one for the Manufacturing and Competitiveness (M&C) team. You can apply for the M&C team position as either a physical scientist or an engineer. Learn more about all three positions and apply today!

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SETO Funding Helps Build a One-Stop Shop for Rooftop Photovoltaics (PV) Systems

Read about how SETO awardee, EnergySage, went from a good idea to a successful business! Today, with 100 employees, EnergySage is helping 10 million annual users find information about solar and that number continues to grow.

Deadline Extended to Give Input on Community Solar Subscription Platform

Responses to the Low-Income Community Solar Subscription Platform Request for Information are now due September 16 at 5 p.m. ET. DOE is seeking feedback on the structure of the community solar subscription platform from community-based organizations, state and local governments, researchers, and others.

Blog Post: Changes to the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit

Learn how the Inflation Reduction Act could help you save on solar. The act provides a 30% tax credit on residential solar systems installed this year and through 2032.

Catch Up with SETO at RE+ 2022

SETO is heading to California for RE+ 2022, a U.S. clean energy industry conference, held September 19-22. SETO staff will host workshops, participate in panels, and speak on the show floor. Get the details on what we’re planning and say hello!


Upcoming Events

Webinar: STEMtember Renewable Power

September 15 | 12 p.m. ET
Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a new graduate, DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) wants you to join our team of Clean Energy Champions! EERE leadership and employees will speak about our mission, why now is the most exciting time to be part of the clean energy revolution, and the types of career opportunities available across the EERE offices.

Workshop: Clean Energy on Mine Land for the Eastern U.S.

September 20-21 | Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Learn about the Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land, which seeks to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of carrying out clean energy projects on these lands. Register by September 10. Additional workshops are scheduled in October.

Webinar: Reaching for the Solar Future — How the Investment Reduction Act Impacts Solar Deployment and Expands Manufacturing

September 27 | 2 p.m. ET
SETO will host a webinar to discuss the solar implications the Investment Reduction Act and review SETO’s role in implementing this historic investment in the clean energy economy, and more.

Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES) 2022

September 27-30 | Albuquerque, NM
Join SETO’s Avi Shultz and many SETO awardees at SolarPACES 2022, a concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) conference that brings together the best and brightest in CSP research. Registration is now open!

Joint Plenary Session Between the Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) Summit and SolarPACES

September 27 | 3:15 p.m. ET
This joint plenary session will bring together attendees of both the ESGC Summit and SolarPACES to discuss CSP and long-duration energy storage. Register today to attend the event in-person at Argonne National Laboratory or online!

Workshop: Open-Source Software (OSS) – Building Community Engagement for Lasting Impact

October 12 | Albuquerque, NM
Interested in OSS for solar energy applications? Know how to build engagement for OSS projects? Join SETO, national lab, and industry experts to share your experience and learn about managing active software projects. Space is limited to 50 attendees, so claim your spot today!

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