NREL is looking for applications for $3 million solar prize

The second round of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) American-Made Solar Prize, a $3 million competition designed to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing, is underway and seeking new participants to develop solutions capable of advancing solar technologies across the country. Administered for DOE by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Solar Prize program supports entrepreneurs as they develop transformative technology ideas into concepts and then into early-stage prototypes ready for industry testing. Participants in round 2 can be individuals, representatives of companies, university students or professors, small business owners, or researchers at national laboratories. Interested competitors submit applications by July 16, 2019.
During Solar Prize Round 1, more than 160 teams from across the country submitted their ideas, representing a variety of solar solutions and technologies. Twenty semifinalists from round 1 were announced in February. Round 2 and the final stages of round 1 will run concurrently over the next five months.
The American-Made Solar Prize is part of the American-Made Challenges, funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

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