Solar Snapshot: 📍 New Renewable Energy Siting Program; SETO Workshops at RE+ 2023

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What's New?

DOE Launches State and Local Renewable Energy Siting Program

DOE announced investments in state-based programs to improve renewable energy planning and siting for local communities. This funding is part of DOE’s new Renewable Energy Siting through Technical Engagement and Planning (R-STEP) program, which will fund state-based collaboratives and provide tailored technical assistance. Interested applicants are encouraged to begin forming collaboratives and register for a webinar on September 11. Applications are expected to open on September 12 and close on November 3.

New Funding to Reduce Non-Hardware Costs of Solar Energy Systems

SETO’s Just-in-Time Lab Call supports short-duration projects that address gaps in SETO’s research portfolio. These Just-in-Time awards support the development of datasets, analysis, and tools that reduce non-hardware costs (soft costs) and address other barriers to deploying solar and solar-plus-battery storage technologies.

Upcoming Deadlines

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

Some Light 🌞 Reading

re+ web 2023

Register for SETO Workshops at RE+ 2023

SETO is heading to Las Vegas, Nevada for RE+ 2023, a U.S. clean energy industry conference, in September. Register for four workshops and learn what else SETO has planned at RE+ this year.


Events: *stay tuned for more*

SETO is Hiring!

SETO is looking to hire two technology managers: one for the Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power (CSP) team and one for the Manufacturing and Competitiveness team. Applications for the CSP position are due August 14! Learn more about the positions and apply today!

Hiring CSP

*Deadline Extended* OPTIMA Funding Opportunity

Diverse teams of researchers, equipment manufacturers, software vendors, utilities, and independent system operators who submitted concept papers can now submit full applications through September 14 for the Operation and Planning Tools for Inverter-Based Resource Management and Availability for Future Power Systems (OPTIMA) funding opportunity.

Products & Publications

Upcoming Events

Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) Meeting Series

August 11 & 15
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:

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.

Webinar: IRA One Year Later and What’s Next for the Solar Industry

September 7 | 2:30 p.m. ET
Join this webinar to learn how the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has impacted domestic solar manufacturing and encouraged equitable solar energy deployment since it was passed last year—and where DOE sees the industry heading next. Register.

Community Power Accelerator Prize Round 2 Informational Webinar #2

September 19 | 3 p.m. ET
Register for the upcoming informational webinar about Round 2 of the Community Power Accelerator Prize.

Connect the Dots on Solar Energy

SETO is connecting the dots on rooftop solar. Learn about the role of rooftop solar energy systems in the United States’ transition to a clean energy grid and how SETO is working to support American residents and companies join in the journey to a green energy future:

Follow along with our Connect the Dots content on social media and join the conversation using the hashtag #ConnectSolar

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