Solar Manufacturing Incubator
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). This funding program seeks to invest in innovative research and development (R&D) as well as research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects that enable continued cost reductions, while developing next-generation solar technologies and boosting American solar manufacturing, especially in cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaics. These projects will support the scaling of affordable solar generation and facilitate secure, reliable integration of solar electricity into the nation’s energy grid to ultimately benefit the U.S. economy.
The research and development (R&D) activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. Specifically, this FOA will develop and demonstrate new technologies enabling fast deployment of large amounts of solar generation into the grid.
Only for-profit entities are eligible to apply for funding as a Prime Recipient. An eligibility restriction is considered necessary for this Funding Opportunity because EERE believes that for-profit entities are the most likely entities to achieve the objectives required under this program, as they are the only entities with the capacity to rapidly commercialize new technologies related to innovations in manufacturing. The for-profit business designated as the Prime Recipient must incur over 50% of costs under the project, as measured by the Total Project Cost. Expenditures incurred for personnel, fringe, travel, supplies, equipment, vendors, other direct costs, and indirect costs by the Prime Recipient count towards the Prime Recipient’s expenditure under the award. However, costs associated to subrecipients and funding associated to a DOE/NNSA FFRDC do not count towards the Prime Recipient’s expenditure under the award.
Total Amount Available:
Letter of Intent Due September 16, 2022
Full Applications Due October 3, 2022
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