Solar Snapshot: Local Energy Planning and Resilience Funding Selections; Community Solar Awards Finalists

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What's New?

Strengthening Local Energy Planning and Resilience

DOE announced a $43 million investment to support the clean energy transition in communities across the country. Twenty projects selected for the Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) funding program will help communities increase their resilience to disaster. Three projects selected for the Energyshed funding program will focus on building tools to help communities better evaluate and benefit from local energy resources.


Meet The Finalists for the Sunny Awards for Equitable Community Solar

SETO awarded $1,000 to 31 finalists for the Sunny Awards! These projects and programs will be reviewed by a panel of external reviewers from across the community solar industry in consideration for one of five Sunny Awards Grand Prizes and one or more Special Recognition Award.

The Sunny Awards for Equitable Community Solar Graphic

Upcoming Deadlines

Don't forget to participate in these funding opportunities, prizes, and solicitations!

Some Light 🌞 Reading

FY23 Small Business Research & Technology Topics Announced

The Office of Science released the topics for the upcoming FY23 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program, giving applicants time to identify technology areas of interest and begin formulating innovative responses and partnerships.

Technology Commercialization Fund Notice of Intent to Solicit Proposals

The Office of Technology Transitions has issued a notice of intent to call for proposals, offering an opportunity for private industry to partner with DOE’s National Labs and facilities to advance energy-related technologies toward commercialization and to reduce the barriers to commercializing lab and facility developed energy-related technologies and intellectual property.

Upcoming Events

The Community Solar Pathway to Success: Strategies for Driving Equitable Distribution and Meaningful Benefits

November 15 | Washington, D.C. | 3:30 p.m. ET
SETO’s Nicole Steele will moderate a panel at the 2022 Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change conference on best practices and next steps for equity in the solar landscape.

Office of Science SBIR/STTR Topic Webinar

November 16 | 2 p.m. ET
The Office of Science will host an informational webinar on the solar energy topics for the FY23 SBIR/STTR program.

SETO's SBIR/STTR Solar Topics Webinar

November 30 | 12:30 p.m. ET
SETO will host an informational webinar to discuss the Phase I solar topics, such as PV recycling, heliostat components, concentrating solar-thermal power technologies, and more.

Products and Publications

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