U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Funding: Up to $25M Over 5 Years Total
Open Date: 04/16/2012
Close Date: 06/18/2012
Funding Organization: SunShot Initiative
Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000653
DOE is supporting the development of commercial plug-and-play photovoltaic (PV) systems that make installing a solar energy system as easy as plugging in an appliance. This funding advances the concept of a market-ready plug-and-play PV system, which is envisioned as an off-the-shelf product that is fully inclusive with little need for individual customization. The homeowner simply plugs the system into a PV-ready circuit and an automatic PV discovery process initiates communication between the system and the utility.
As part of the SunShot Initiative, this funding opportunity is designed to reduce costs and simplify installations so that solar can be more accessible for Americans. This solicitation targets universities, industry, utilities, local authorities having jurisdiction, national laboratories, and other stakeholders with an interest in transforming the residential solar market. By addressing all sectors of the solar energy economy, the SunShot Initiative works to reduce the total installed cost of solar energy systems.
For more information, see the full solicitation.
Submission Deadline for Letters of Intent: May 16, 2012, 5 p.m. EDT
Full Applications Due: June 18, 2012, 5 p.m. EDT
Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.