Solar Snapshot: Review Responses on the Low-Income Community Solar Subscription Tool

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What's New?

Join the Solar Office: Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

Are you a solar student, researcher, or professional? You can work for the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office advancing solar technologies and deployment through the Science and Technology Policy Fellowship! Selected participants will play an integral role in designing and implementing new initiatives to make solar energy more affordable and reliable. The application deadline is January 15, 2023.


Summary of Feedback on the Low-Income Community Solar Subscription Tool

Solar developers, subscription managers, IT companies, trade associations, utilities, state and local governments, community-focused organizations, and other stakeholders responded to SETO’s request for information on the Low-Income Community Solar Subscription Tool. Review a summary of the 45 responses that help address questions about the tool’s development, technical and subscription considerations, and other barriers.

Upcoming Deadlines

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

Some Light 🌞 Reading

Guohui Yuan

Meet SETO’s Dr. Guohui Yuan

Check out the latest installment of SETO’s LinkedIn Series, “Meet the Energy Department’s Solar Office,” featuring Dr. Guohui Yuan, the program manager for the systems integration team. Learn about what brought Dr. Yuan to DOE and the accomplishments and ongoing efforts that make up his 11 years with DOE.

Robots, Superheroes, and Ghosts, Oh My!

The “Probably True Solar Stories” podcast by UnThink Solar and Tor Valenza entertains and educates listeners with fictional stories about solar energy. The goal is to inspire homeowners, job hunters, business leaders, and other new-to-solar audiences about the industry’s growing role as a climate solution. Learn more and listen today.

SETO is Hiring!

SETO is looking to bring on a technology manager to be part of its Manufacturing and Competitiveness team. Technology managers support the research, development, demonstration, and commercialization of high-impact solar technologies and solutions that enable the reliable, resilient, secure, and cost-effective integration of solar energy onto the nation’s electricity grid. Spread the word and apply through the DOE applicant portal.

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Join the Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize

The American-Made Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize recognizes coalitions anchored by community-based non-profits that are addressing environmental inequities and energy challenges among disadvantaged communities. Form a team and register to participate by December 7.

Clean Energy Coalition Prize

Sign Up to Compete in the Solar District Cup

DOE’s collegiate competition, Solar District Cup, brings multi-disciplinary student teams together to design solar and storage technologies that reimagine how energy is generated and consumed. College students are encouraged to register for an informational webinar on January 13, 2023, at 1 p.m. ET. Registration is open for the single-semester session until January 26, 2023, at 5 p.m. ET.

Submit Comments on China’s Technology Transfer Policies

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments as part of its four-year review of the tariff actions in the Section 301 investigation of China. Comments can be submitted on or before January 17, 2023.

Perovskite Startup Prize Finalist and Upcoming Deadlines

The American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize has awarded $200,000 to another finalist: MujiElectric. Their innovation aims to produce and commercialize state-of-the-art high-efficiency perovskite solar cells. There is still one more chance for perovskite researchers to join the Perovskite Startup Prize and win awards for their innovations! Submissions for the Countdown and Liftoff contests are due April 6, 2023. Follow the competition for updates and to start competing.

American-Made Challenges Perovskite Startup Prize

Upcoming Events

SETO's Solar Small Business Research & Technology Topics Webinar

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

Enhanced Long-Duration Storage Modeling Webinar

December 5 | 1 p.m. ET
Join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) grid analysts to learn how long-duration energy storage is currently represented in production cost models and potential methodologies to improve the modeling.

EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP) Informational Webinar

December 6 | 3 p.m. ET
Register for an informational webinar about the Office of Technology Transitions’ American-Made EnergyTech UP, a collegiate competition in which SETO will award a $25,000 bonus prize to teams with the most innovative plan focused on the performance, affordability, reliability, and value of solar technologies.

Workshop: Current Challenges, Opportunities, and Research Needs of Building-Integrated PV Systems

December 8 | 1 p.m. ET | Clearwater Beach, FL
SETO’s Dr. George Stefopoulos will host a workshop at the 2022 Buildings XV Conference to discuss the current challenges and opportunities of building-integrated PV. Register to save your spot.

2023 PV Reliability Workshop

February 28 – March 2 | Virtual & Lakewood, CO
NREL is convening experts to discuss the latest findings in PV reliability. Don’t miss out—submit your presentation and register to attend this year’s virtual workshop by February 17, 2023.

In Case You Missed It

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