Solar Snapshot: New Funding for Innovative Solar Projects; Perovskite Startup Prize Finalists

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What's New?

New Funding for Novel Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV) Technology

SETO just announced its Small Innovative Projects in Solar 2023 funding opportunity, a $6.5 million program for seedling research and development projects that focus on innovative and novel ideas in PV and CSP. Diverse teams from universities, federally funded research and development centers, nonprofits, community-based organizations, state agencies, local governments, and solar developers are encouraged to apply by June 1.


Two Finalists Advance to the Perovskite Startup Prize’s Liftoff Contest

The final Countdown Contest in the Perovskite Startup Prize has concluded, and two teams were just named finalists! American Perovskites and Perotech Energy were awarded $200,000 each for their novel, cost-effective technologies that will help accelerate the growth of the U.S. perovskite industry. They join four other finalists in the Liftoff Contest, where they will be asked to demonstrate substantial progress and validation of their technology and develop a network of mentors and partners.

American-Made Challenges Perovskite Startup Prize

Upcoming Deadlines

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

Some Light 🌞 Reading

Input Requested on the U.S. Solar Manufacturing Workforce

SETO is seeking information and feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, manufacturers, suppliers, education and training providers, community-based organizations, and workers’ rights organizations on scaling the U.S. solar manufacturing workforce. Submit feedback by June 2.

The Potential of U.S. Agrivoltaics

Agrivoltaics, the co-location of solar energy installations and agriculture beneath or between rows of PV panels, has many potential benefits for the U.S. solar industry, farmers, and communities at large. Learn about the positive potential impacts of agrivoltaics: from creating clean energy jobs to easing land-use conflict.

Products & Publications

Upcoming Events

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

Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) Meeting Series

April 26 & 27
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 sessions:

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.'

Solar District Cup Project Pitch Championship

May 1 | 2 p.m. ET
Student teams in the Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition Class of 2022-2023 have been working hard on their designs to meet the solar-plus-storage needs of campus, tribal, and suburban mixed-use districts. The winning team for each division will compete in a head-to-head pitch championship. Register for this energetic virtual event and vote on your favorite team to win.

Webinar: AgriSolar Ownership, Lease, and Land Planning

May 4 | 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.

Power Electronics Grid Interface (PEGI) Industry Workshop

May 24-25 | Golden, CO
Join NREL for an in-person workshop and demonstration of the new PEGI Platform, which allows vendor technologies to plug into megawatts of grid infrastructure. Register by April 20.

Continuing Education Course: Community Solar Program and Subscription Design

May 23-24 | 12 p.m.ET
Learn and discuss the various elements of community solar program design, as well as ownership options relevant to municipal utilities in this new continuing education course presented in partnership with the American Public Power Association and NREL.

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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