The Department of Energy’s SunShot program is offering $12 million this year for helping companies develop more cost effective solar power technologies for consumers.
Divided into two areas—solar hardware and soft costs—this round of Incubator funding will help accelerate technology innovation and commercialization at different maturity stages.
Projects that are focused on solar hardware development and deployment are eligible under the following categories:
- Up to $500,000 to help speed the transition of a proof-of-concept technology to the early-stage functional prototype stage
- Up to $1 million to accelerate the transition of an early-stage functional prototype to a full-size prototype that could later be manufactured
- Up to $4 million to develop efficient manufacturing processes and equipment to move technology from a full-size prototype to pilot-scale production.
This new Incubator round will also support projects that are addressing soft cost reduction goals:
- Up to $500,000 to accelerate the transition of a proof-of-concept business plan or early stage solutions to early customer trials
- Up to $2 million to drive full commercialization of innovative technologies that reduce solar deployment soft costs.