Solar Snapshot: $20M in Funding for Solar Recycling; Community Power Accelerator Prize Round 2

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What's New?

New Funding to Boost the Reuse and Recycling of Solar Technologies

SETO announced its Materials, Operation, and Recycling of Photovoltaics (MORE PV) funding opportunity, a $20 million investment in research and development projects that help increase the reuse and recycling of solar energy technologies. Learn more and submit a mandatory letter of intent by September 6.


Round 2 of the American-Made Community Power Accelerator Prize

SETO launched Round 2 of the American-Made Community Power Accelerator Prize: Accessing Capital to Deploy Equitable Community Solar. The prize is focused on addressing early-stage access to capital for community solar developers that increase equitable access to the meaningful benefits of community solar. Register for an informational webinar on August 8 at 3 p.m. ET and apply to compete by October 4.

CPA Prize Rd2

Meet the Winners of the American-Made SolarAPP+ Prize

The American-Made SolarAPP+ Prize awarded four communities $15,000 each for implementing Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus (SolarAPP+), an automated permitting software tool that provides instant permit approval on code-compliant residential rooftop solar systems.

Upcoming Deadlines

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

  • Input Requested on a New Pilot-Scale Clean Energy Program – Small businesses, private investors, incubators and accelerators, and clean energy project developers are invited to submit feedback by July 31 on a program to support operational validation of pilot-scale clean energy technology components and subsystems.
  • Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit (48C) Program – Companies with projects that expand clean energy or critical materials manufacturing or recycling are encouraged to submit concept papers by July 31 to be eligible to apply for the 48C tax credit program.
  • American-Made Solar Data Bounty Prize – U.S.-based PV system owners and entities authorized to share data from PV systems are encouraged to apply to Stage 1 by August 14.
  • American-Made Heliostat Prize – Individuals, private companies, and nonfederal government entities, such as states, counties, tribes, municipalities, and academic institutions are encouraged to apply by August 31.
  • Silicon Solar Manufacturing and Dual-use Photovoltaics Incubator Funding Program – SETO encourages diverse entrepreneurs, small businesses, and larger for-profit entities to submit mandatory concept papers by September 27.
  • American-Made Solar Prize Round 7 – Entrepreneurial students, professors, small-business owners, company staffers, researchers at national laboratories, or anyone else based in the United States with a potentially marketable solar technology solution are encouraged to apply to the Ready! Contest by September 27.
  • Solar District Cup Class of 2024 – The Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition is seeking college student teams for the Class of 2024. Registration is free and open until September 28.

Some Light 🌞 Reading

Enroll in the Next Community Power Accelerator Learning Lab Trainings

Interested in learning how to become a community solar developer? Community-based, mission-driven, and low-income-focused organizations seeking to develop multiple community solar projects are invited to apply for the Community Power Accelerator Learning Lab by July 31. Two instructor-led cohorts of the Learning Lab will be offered over 8-9 weeks this fall.

Smart Renewable Microgrids Keep the Lights On

As more Americans power their lives with solar energy and other distributed energy sources, advanced microgrid technology is an important means to a reliable energy grid. Learn how Siemens Corporation’s energy management system helps secure both microgrids and the larger electric grid against physical threats and cyberattacks.

2022 National Solar Jobs Census is Out Now

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s Solar Jobs Census for 2022 found that residential solar jobs grew by 11% from 2021 and expects even more growth in all solar sectors in 2023 thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act.

Products & Publications

Upcoming Events

Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) Meeting Series

August 1, 2, 8, & 11
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:

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.

Community Power Accelerator Prize Round 2 Informational Webinar #1

August 8 | 3 p.m. ET
Register for the upcoming informational webinar about Round 2 of the Community Power Accelerator Prize. A second informational webinar will be held on September 19.

Informational Webinar: Solar District Cup

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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