In early 2015 SunShot plans to announce a $45 million funding opportunity to bring new solar technologies to market and improve solar manufacturing. Historically, funding opportunities in our technology to market focus area have been separated by stage of technology development (e.g., Incubator, SolarMaT, and SUNPATH). In the interest of optimizing the application and selection process, all three funding programs are now combined into one, with the goal of quickly bringing disruptive innovation to the solar industry that will take root in the U.S. In order to provide ample time to consider applying for this funding, this week SunShot issued a notice of intent for a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “SunShot Incubator 10, SolarMaT 3, SUNPATH 2.”
SunShot anticipates this FOA will be open to any for-profit business with a product or solution that directly and significantly impacts at least one of the following SunShot Initiative goals:
- Achieve the 2020 cost target of $0.06 per kilowatt hour or beyond;
- Expand domestic solar manufacturing and supply chain value to be commensurate with the level of domestic deployment;
- Expand the domestic market for solar to be a significant fraction (tens of percent) of our nation's electricity generating capacity;
- Enable the integration of hundreds of gigawatts of solar on the nation's grid.
Please stay tuned in early 2015 for the official FOA and check out the website frequently for new information on this and other funding opportunities.