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Solar America Initiative (SAI) University Photovoltaic Process and Product Development Support

Funding: $30 million

Open Date: 06/20/2007

Close Date: 10/16/2007

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-PS36-07GO97027


DOE is soliciting applications from U.S. universities for projects that offer direct, near-term improvements in PV products and development processes. Universities may develop a project with a U.S. industrial partner currently positioned to achieve the Solar America Initiative goals to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) to below 10 cents per kilowatt hour, while scaling up manufacturing capacity to supply 5–10 gigawatts per year by 2015. Universities may also develop projects without an industry partner. Each application must fall into one of eight topics:

  • Topic 1: CdTe: Cadmium Telluride PV Technologies
  • Topic 2: CIGS: Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide PV Technologies
  • Topic 3: Concentrator PV
  • Topic 4: Dye-Sensitized
  • Topic 5: Film-Silicon
  • Topic 6: Organic PV
  • Topic 7: Wafer-Silicon
  • Topic 8: Multi-Disciplinary/Cross-Cutting Devices or Processes Addressing Multiple PV Technologies
  • Last updated: 08/03/2009

    Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.