Solar Snapshot: Solar Prize Finalists Announced; SolSmart Expands for Solar Access

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What's New?

Congratulations to Solar Prize Round 6 Finalists

SETO selected 10 teams to move on as finalists for Solar Prize Round 6, each earning $100,000 in cash and $75,000 in technical support vouchers. An additional 3 teams equally divided an award pool of $50,000 for their participation in the Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Contest, which seeks to boost underserved communities’ access to solar deployment. Finalists will now work to produce a refined prototype and perform a pilot test of their innovation ahead of the competition finale at the RE+ Conference in September.

American-Made Solar Prize

SolSmart Expands to Deploy More Solar in Underserved Communities

DOE announced the expansion of its national SolSmart program to help another 500 cities, towns, counties, and regional organizations become solar energy leaders. This program provides no-cost technical assistance to help local governments meet nationally recognized best practices that encourage solar market growth, making it easier for communities across the United States to use clean, affordable solar energy. All local governments in the United States are eligible to join.

SolSmart expansion

Upcoming Deadlines

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Apply to Be a Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship Host Institution

DOE launched the second round of its Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship, a unique workforce development program that matches recent graduates and new energy professionals to key energy organizations to advance clean energy solutions. Host institution applications are now open to electric public utility commissions, electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, essential energy organizations in Puerto Rico, Tribal utilities, Inter-Tribal councils and other Tribal organizations, and grid operators, with a deadline of April 27.

New Funding to Deploy Clean Energy Projects On Mine Lands

The DOE Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations announced $450 million in new funding to deploy solar and other clean energy projects on current (operating) and former (abandoned or inactive) mine land across the United States, which will help revitalize hard-hit energy communities and spur economic development.

Sunny Awards for Equitable Community Solar Winners' Best Practices

The National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) announced the winners of the Sunny Awards for Equitable Community Solar at its Annual Summit in January. Learn more about the Sunny Awards and view the winners’ best practices for delivering meaningful benefits to community solar subscribers.

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Upcoming Events

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Society (PES) Grid Edge Technologies Conference & Exposition

April 10-13 | San Diego, CA
SETO experts will speak on panels and present at the upcoming IEEE PES Grid Edge Technologies conference in San Diego, California.

Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting

April 10-14 | San Francisco, CA
Join SETO at the MRS Spring Meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities of halide perovskite photovoltaics.

Solar Energy Innovation Symposium

April 12-14 | Denver, CO
SETO experts will be at this event exploring novel approaches to equitable adoption of solar electricity in underserved communities.

Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) Meeting Series

April 13 | 2 p.m. ET
i2X is hosting a new meeting series, the Solution e-Xchange, to facilitate open dialogue across the U.S. electricity ecosystem on important interconnection issues. Join the upcoming session, Interconnection Pre-Request Information for Bulk Power Systems.

Webinar: Policy Approaches for Dual-use and AgriSolar Practices

April 20 | 1 p.m. ET
Join the AgriSolar Clearinghouse for a webinar series on agrivoltaics, the co-location of solar and agriculture on the same land. Additional webinars are scheduled in the coming months.

American-Made Earth Day Event

April 25 | 11:30 a.m. ET
The American-Made program is hosting an Earth Day event to celebrate the innovators and entrepreneurs supercharging the clean energy revolution. Hear from key energy industry players, past prize winners sharing their success stories, and prize administrators who will give updates on the latest winner announcements and new prize launches.

AMC Earth Day

Systems Integration Webinar Series 2023

April 26 | 4 p.m. ET
SETO’s Systems Integration team is hosting a monthly webinar series. Register for their next webinar, titled, ‘Secure Monitoring and Control of Solar Power Distribution System Through Dynamic Watermarking.'

Power Electronics Grid Interface (PEGI) Industry Workshop

May 24-25 | Golden, CO
Join NREL for this in-person workshop about its new capability called the PEGI Platform. Register by April 20.

Connect the Dots on Solar Energy

SETO is connecting the dots on solar innovation. Check out some of the SETO-funded innovations that benefit consumers, communities, and the solar industry:

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