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Rooftop Solar Challenge II (RSC II)

Funding: Up to $12M Total

Open Date: 12/20/2012

Close Date: 03/22/2013

Funding Organization: DOE SunShot Initiative

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000788


The Rooftop Solar Challenge II (RSC II) is a program intended to deploy, at the regional and national scale innovative, local government-level solutions towards eliminating market barriers and lowering the non-hardware balance of system costs ("soft costs") of grid-tied solar photovoltaics (PV). Applicants will be expected to have already demonstrated exceptional progress towards achieving soft cost reductions in specific geographic areas, and must present a credible plan to build on these successes by rapidly deploying techniques and tools to achieve larger-scale impact on solar PV markets.

In addition to receiving a rigorous qualitative evaluation, applicants will be quantitatively assessed and scored during and at the end of the project period according to the DOE Solar Market Maturity Model (SM3). Applicants are expected to propose a means for achieving the widespread process standardization that is critical to achieving rapid scale-up of PV markets.

Applicants may apply for one of two topic areas of awards:
1. Topic Area A: Wide-Impact Awards: These awards are intended to fund unique and innovative approaches to local solar PV market transformation, with particular focus on approaches with wide geographic and large population impacts.
2. Topic Area B: State and Regional-Impact Awards: These awards are intended to fund efforts to streamline and standardize processes at the state and regional level.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Additional Information:

January 8, 2013: Webinar on Concept Papers and Question & Answer Session (Tentative)
January 11, 2013: Deadline for Letter of Intent to Apply
January 11, 2013: Deadline for Questions Related to Concept Paper
January 25, 2013: Deadline for Concept Paper Submission
March 5, 2013: Webinar on Full Application and Q&A Session (Tentative)
March 8, 2013: Deadline for Full Application Questions
March 22, 2013: Deadline for Full Application Submission

Last updated: 02/25/2013

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.