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Extreme Balance of System Hardware Cost Reductions (BOS-X)

Open Date: 04/08/2011

Close Date: 06/09/2011

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000493


The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to significantly reduce the balance of system hardware cost component of Photovoltaic (PV) systems. This FOA directly supports the goals of the Department of Energys (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) and the SunShot Initiative, which has a goal to reduce the total cost (including installer margin) of solar energy systems by about 75% before the end of the decade.

Under this FOA, the DOE SETP program is requesting applications for research, development, and demonstration of new components and system designs or the development of new building code language to overcome scientific, technological, and engineering barriers to achieving safe, very low cost, and high reliability balance of system hardware. While this FOA is meant to mainly address hardware and labor costs and not soft costs, advancements in ha rdware that may result in lower soft costs (permitting, site preparation, etc.) are encouraged.

There will be four topics to which an application may be submitted under this FOA:

  • Topic 1: Transformational Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Modules
  • Topic 2: Roof and Ground Mount Innovations
  • Topic 3: Transformational Photovoltaic System Designs
  • Topic 4: Development of New Wind Load Codes for PV Systems

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 05/11/2011

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.