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SunShot Initiative: Rooftop Solar Challenge to Induce Market Transformation

Funding: Up to $12.5M to be distributed between a maximum of 25 awardees

Open Date: 06/01/2011

Close Date: 09/09/2011

Funding Organization: Solar Energy Technologies Program

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000549


The goal of the Rooftop Solar Challenge is to achieve measurable improvements in market conditions for rooftop photovoltaic across the United States, with an emphasis on streamlined and standardized permitting and interconnection processes. This opportunity directly supports the goals of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Program, and the SunShot Initiative.

This FOA will take a phased approach, addressing four main action areas (listed below), designed so awardees that succeed in all action areas will have the necessary policy and process framework in place to support a robust solar market in their region:

  • Permitting and Interconnection Processes
  • Net Metering and Interconnection Standards
  • Financing Options
  • Planning and Zoning.

Letter of Intent Due Date: July 29, 2011
Application Due Date: August 31, 2011**

**Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by the due date to be eligible to submit a full application.

A webinar series will be offered to help potential applicants understand the scope and purpose of this FOA. Details about the webinar series can be found within the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Additional Information:

More information is available in the DOE press release.

Last updated: 09/06/2011

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.