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  • Writer's pictureCaroline Winter

DOE's NREL is Requesting Proposals (RFP) For The Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP).

Opportunity Title:

Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)'s Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP)


The distributed wind energy industry requires rapid innovation to reduce costs and increase customer confidence, but many companies that build small and mid-sized wind turbines lack the resources to develop, certify, and commercialize next-generation technology.

Managed by NREL on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office, CIP awards cost-shared subcontracts and technical support to manufacturers of small and medium-sized wind turbines. Designed to make distributed wind energy technologies more cost-competitive and reliable, these awards help manufacturers of wind turbines less than 1 megawatt in capacity to:

  • Optimize their designs

  • Develop advanced manufacturing processes

  • Perform turbine and component testing and certification

  • Accelerate pathways for commercialization.

The goals of CIP are to make wind energy cost-competitive with other distributed generation technologies and increase the number of wind turbine designs tested and certified to national standards.

Since its inception in 2012, CIP has awarded 52 subcontracts to 25 companies across the United States, totaling $12.4 million of DOE funding, while leveraging $6.4 million in additional private sector investment.

During that time, CIP has helped more than two dozen small businesses across the United States develop new and innovative distributed wind energy technology. CIP projects have led to distributed wind energy becoming more cost-competitive, improved its interoperability with other distributed energy resources, and increased the number of small and mid-scale wind turbine designs tested to national standards.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022 at 2PM Mountain Time

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