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CSP Heat Integration for Baseload Renewable Energy Development FOA

Open Date: 12/17/2012

Close Date: 04/09/2013

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000772

Summary:

The purpose of this Amendment is to:

  1. Extend the Submission Deadline for Full Applications to April 9, 2013 at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  2. Incorporate the following language to Section III, Eligibility Information, of the FOA:
    • 4. Cost Sharing Cost Share Percentage Awardee must cost share at least 75% of the total allowable costs of the project, which equals the sum of the Government share, including FFRDC Contractor costs if applicable, and the Recipient share of allowable costs. The awardee cost share must come from non-Federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law including, but not limited to, the cost sharing requirements of 10 CFR 600.123 for Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Nonprofit Organizations, 10 CFR 600.224 for State and Local Governments, and 10 CFR 600.313 for For-Profit Organizations. Applicants are to demonstrate commitments to and availability of the minimum 75% cost share in the Applications.
    • 5. Qualifying Facilities for Cost Share DOE funding and associated awardee cost share may only be applied towards those activities and facilities within the hybrid system which are necessary to exclusively collect, transfer or store solar energy. Conversely, DOE funding and associated awardee cost share may not be applied towards those activities and facilities within the hybrid system which are necessary for fossil power generation. Costs associated with activities and facilities for a turbine or other power generation machinery are not allowable. The funding under this award shall only be used for costs applied toward new equipment, for the cost of modifications to existing equipment, for the construction and commissioning of the new or modified equipment, or the reporting of performance data which qualify for DOE funding and awardee cost share as previously defined. Construction and commissioning activities are defined as activities typically performed by a construction and commissioning contractor up to and including performance and acceptance testing, which signifies the commencement of operations. Operation and maintenance costs, typically performed by the facility operator, do not qualify for DOE funding or associated awardee cost share. On-going commissioning, construction close-out and warrantee activities and costs during the operation period do qualify for DOE funding and awardee cost share.
  3. incorporate the following language to SECTION IV.C Content and Form of Full Application: 15. Waiver Request- (a) Foreign Entities and (b) Performance of Work in the United States (If Applicable) As set forth in Section III, all prime recipients receiving funding under this FOA must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States. If a foreign entity applies for funding as a prime recipient, it must designate in the Full Application a subsidiary or affiliate incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States to be the prime recipient. Section III further requires that all work under EERE funding agreements to be performed in the United States—i.e., prime recipients must expend 100% of the total project cost in the United States. To seek a waiver of either requirement, the Applicant must submit a waiver request in the Full Application, which includes the following information: entity name, country (or state) of incorporation, description of the work to be performed by that entity, and the location where the work will be performed. If the applicant is seeking a waiver to have a foreign entity serve as the prime recipient, the applicant must explain why it is necessary to have a foreign entity serve as the prime recipient. If the applicant is seeking a waiver of the "Performance of Work in the United States" requirement, the applicant must explain why it is necessary to have the work performed outside of the United States. All waiver requests should explain how the waiver would further the purposes of this FOA and otherwise serve the interests of EERE. The Contracting Officer may require additional information before considering the waiver request. Save the Waiver Request(s) in a single file titled "C ontrol#_Institution_Waiver."
  4. All edits are highlighted in yellow to clearly call attention to the revision that have been made. All other parts of the Funding Apportunity Announcement remain unchanged.

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to expand the market potential for CSP in the United States beyond stand-alone utility-scale power generating systems. The projects in this funding opportunity are expected to validate a 10 cents-per-kilowatt-hour (?/kWh; in real 2013$) or lower Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) from solar energy, without any subsidy, demonstrating market competitiveness with current intermediate power generation. Additionally, these projects are expected to validate and provide data on CSP hybrid system performance and power generation profile, which is necessary to convince grid operators, regulators and utilities to incorporate CSP systems into existing or future fossil plants.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 03/27/2013

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.

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