Solar Snapshot: New Funding for U.S. Solar Manufacturing; Small Business Projects Selected

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What's New?

New Funding to Boost Domestic Solar Manufacturing

SETO announced its Silicon Solar Manufacturing and Dual-use Photovoltaics Incubator funding opportunity, a $45 million investment to continue reducing solar costs while developing next-generation solar technologies and boosting American solar manufacturing. Learn more and submit a mandatory concept paper by September 27.

Manufacturing FOA

Registration is Now Open for the Solar District Cup Class of 2024

The Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition is seeking student teams for the Class of 2024. Participants gain experience in the solar industry and expert training. Register for an informational webinar on August 17 at 4 p.m. ET. Learn more and apply to compete by September 28.


Projects Selected to Support U.S. Small Business Innovations

SETO awarded funding to 15 solar companies through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) 2023 Phase I Release 2 funding opportunity. SBIR/STTR encourages small businesses to engage in high-risk, innovative research and technology development with potential for future commercialization.

Upcoming Deadlines

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

Some Light 🌞 Reading

Last Call for ORISE Fellowship Applications

Submit your application for SETO’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship by July 15. Individuals with bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degrees, as well as established professionals, are encouraged to apply to this paid opportunity to learn about the federal government and its role in advancing renewable energy.


Getting Smart About Stormwater Runoff Streamlines Solar Permitting

The PV Stormwater Management Research and Testing (PV-SMaRT) project just made assessing stormwater flow at ground-mounted solar sites easier. Thanks to the PV-SMaRT Runoff Calculator, local regulators can accurately predict stormwater flow, potentially reducing the construction costs of ground-mounted solar arrays while enabling effective stormwater management.

Five Organizations Turn Community Solar into Savings for Americans

This article, authored by SETO’s Nicole Steele, introduces the five winners of the 2022 American-Made Sunny Awards for Equitable Community Solar. Learn how these organizations equitably deliver the meaningful benefits of community solar to the communities they serve.

Solar Shepherd & Agrivoltaics Get Their Moment in the Sun on CBS’ Saturday Morning

Watch this video featuring Dan Finnegan and Reggie the Wonder Dog, who are making the most of farmland in Massachusetts, raising sheep and solar energy in the same place. This shining example of an agrivoltaic partnership is just one way that agricultural practices and solar panels can be mutually beneficial to farmers and the environment. Solar Shepherd is a partner of SETO-funded AgriSolar Clearinghouse.

New Project Listens to Community Members for Solar Development Insights

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Community-Centered Solar Development project interviewed solar neighbors, developers, and local officials to explore key drivers of support and opposition to large-scale solar projects. Download the findings to learn more.

Nine New Partnerships to Drive U.S. Industrial Decarbonization

DOE announced up to $23 million for nine organizations to implement Onsite Energy Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs) that will reduce industrial emissions and move the nation toward a net-zero economy by 2050. The Onsite Energy TAPs selectees will help facilities integrate the latest energy technologies, including solar.

Upcoming Events

Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) Meeting Series

July 19 & 26 | 2 p.m. ET
i2X’s meeting series, the Solution e-Xchange, facilitates open dialogue across the U.S. electricity ecosystem on important interconnection issues. Join the upcoming sessions:

Webinar Series: Building with Benefits for Equitable Community Solar

July 25 | 2 p.m. ET
The National Community Solar Partnership’s webinar series highlights best practices in developing community solar projects and programs that deliver meaningful benefits to subscribers and their communities. Register for their upcoming webinar, ‘Building with Benefits: Community Ownership.’

NCSP Meaningful Benefits Webinar Series

Open Energy Data Initiative for Solar Data and Analytics

August 2 | 11 a.m. ET
Hear SETO’s Kemal Çelik present on how the System Integration Open Energy Data Initiative is helping expand data access and develop tools for the future of energy distribution systems.

Informational Webinar: Solar District Cup Class of 2024

August 17 | 4 p.m. ET
Students and faculty considering participation in the Solar District Cup Class of 2024 can join this informational webinar to learn important competition details.

Connect the Dots on Solar Energy

SETO is connecting the dots on the solar workforce. Learn about the vital role that the U.S. solar workforce plays in the transition to a clean energy grid and how SETO is working to support its development:

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