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American-Made Solar Prize Round 6. Due 10/6/22. $4.1M Prize Competition.

Opportunity Title:

American-Made Solar Prize Round 6


The American-Made Solar Prize is a multimillion-dollar prize competition designed to energize U.S. solar innovation through a series of contests that accelerate the entrepreneurial process from years to months.

Competitors leverage the American-Made Network, our innovation engine of more than 250 organizations, including world-class experts at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 national labs, clean tech accelerators, incubators, universities, facilities, and more.


Anyone with a big idea for solar can participate in the Solar Prize.

Competitors are entrepreneurial individuals or teams legally residing or based in the United States. Competitors can be individuals of one or multiple organizations, students, university faculty members, small business owners, researchers, or anyone with the desire and drive to transform an idea into an impactful solution.

Stages of Competition:

Ready! Contest: 20 winners, $50,000 each Competitors will pitch an innovative idea that addresses a critical need in the solar industry and identify market demand for it.

Set! Contest: 10 winners, $100,000 in cash prizes and $75,000 in vouchers each Teams advancing to the Set! Contest will design a hardware proof of concept or a minimum viable software product.

Go! Contest: 2 winners, $500,000 in cash prizes and $75,000 in vouchers each Selected competitors will develop early-stage hardware prototypes for industry testing or customer-validated software products.

JEDI Contest (Optional): $200,000 in total cash prizes distributed to up to 10 Ready! finalists, up to 5 Set! semifinalists, and up to 2 Go! competitors. Competitors who opt into the JEDI Contest will describe how their solution addresses solar market barriers faced by underserved communities and work to substantially advance their approach towards JEDI goals as they progress through the Ready!, Set!, and Go! Contests.

Webinar Information:

July 13, 2022 at 2 PM ET

The American-Made Solar Prize is a competition designed to energize U.S. solar innovation through a series of contests and the development of a diverse and powerful support network that leverages national laboratories, energy incubators, and other resources across the country. Round 6 offers $4.1 million in prizes to entrepreneurs who are solving the solar industry's toughest challenges.

Learn more about how to compete in Round 6 at this informational webinar!

Application Deadline:

October 6, 2022

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

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