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DOE to Invest $200 Million in Solar and Water Power Technologies

April 26, 2010
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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu recently announced that the department will invest more than $200 million over five years to expand and accelerate the development, commercialization, and use of solar and water power technologies.

On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced that the department will invest more than $200 million over five years to expand and accelerate the development, commercialization, and use of solar and water power technologies throughout the U.S. This funding underscores the administration's commitment to foster a robust clean-energy sector in the U.S. that that will create American manufacturing jobs and a workforce with the required technical training to speed the implementation of cutting-edge technologies.

“Expanding the U.S. clean-energy manufacturing base is an important part of the administration’s goals to diversify electricity supply options, increase national security and accelerate green jobs development,” said Chu. “These investments will help strengthen American competitiveness in renewable energy and transform the U.S. into a lasting manufacturing presence in the 21st century clean-energy economy.”

Photovoltaic Manufacturing Initiative
(up to $125 million over five years)
The department will invest in manufacturing-focused research projects that will have near- and mid-term impact on the U.S. solar industry and will catalyze greater cooperation within the industry. Funding will be available for applicants in two topic areas: University-Focused Development and Industry-Focused Development. Both topics will consider collaborative research models to accelerate manufacturing-related technologies and provide maximum leverage to federal funding.

This funding opportunity requires that each applicant organization submit a concept paper in addition to standard application materials. These papers will allow the DOE to provide feedback to applicants on the potential of their proposal to meet the PV Manufacturing Initiative's goal of strengthening the U.S. PV industry.

Concept papers are due June 3, 2010, with full applications due in early August.

Photovoltaic Supply Chain Development
(up to $40 million over three years)
This funding is focused on identifying and accelerating unique products or processes for the PV manufacturing supply chain that will have a major impact on the industry. The projects will help meet the department’s goal of achieving cost-competitive solar PV systems compared with conventional forms of electricity, and accelerating and facilitating the widespread implementation of solar technology.

The department is seeking projects focused on component and manufacturing technologies that show a strong potential to impact a substantial segment of the PV industry within two to five years. Examples include engineering lower-cost coating materials, electrical components to improve performance, processes that reduce manufacturing waste, or equipment that dramatically improves manufacturing or installation speed.

The department plans to select both large and small companies that can quickly develop new PV supply chain solutions. The department anticipates that approximately $10-$15 million annually will be available to fund these PV supply chain projects.

Applications are due July 2, 2010.

For more information on these funding opportunity announcements, visit www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/financial_opportunities.html.

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