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American-Made Challenges - Solar Data Bounty Prize. Due 8/14

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Solar Data Bounty Prize


The American-Made Solar Data Bounty Prize is designed to incentivize photovoltaic (PV) system owners to share information-rich datasets from their assets. With this data, the industry and research communities can continue to develop, validate, and fine-tune modeling tools for solar applications. This prize offers more than $1.4 million in cash prizes to competitors throughout two stages.

The Solar Futures Study, released in 2021 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), found that with aggressive cost reductions, supportive policies, and large-scale electrification, solar energy could account for as much as 40% of the nation’s electricity supply by 2035 and 45% by 2050.

However, PV systems often involve components with complex electrical, thermal, and mechanical behavior, creating a challenging task for research and development (R&D) initiatives. The Solar Data Bounty Prize aims to help bridge the gap between available data and commercial and academic R&D efforts seeking to improve the accuracy of PV system modeling, thus lowering the risk associated with developing and operating those assets.


Private entities (for-profits and nonprofits) and nonfederal government entities (such as states, counties, tribes, municipalities, and academic institutions) are eligible to compete.

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Stage 1 Applications are due August 14, 2023

Grant Management Associates has years of experience with opportunities like this one. Contact us today for a consultation.

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