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Extreme Balance of System Hardware Cost Reductions

Open Date: 04/08/2011

Close Date: 06/09/2011

Funding Organization: Solar Energy Technologies Program

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000493


The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to significantly reduce the balance of system hardware cost component of photovoltaic (PV) systems. This FOA directly supports the goals of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Program and the SunShot Initiative, which has a goal to reduce the total cost (including installer margin) of solar energy systems by about 75% before the end of the decade. 

Under this FOA, the DOE Solar Program is requesting applications for research, development, and demonstration of new components and system designs or the development of new building code language to overcome scientific,  technological, and engineering barriers to achieve safe, very low cost, and high reliability balance of system hardware. While this FOA is meant to mainly address hardware and labor costs and not "soft" costs, advancements in hardware that may result in lower soft costs (for example, permitting and site preparation) are encouraged. 

There will be four topics to which an application may be submitted under this FOA. 

  • Topic 1: Transformational Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Modules  
  • Topic 2: Roof and Ground Mount Innovations  
  • Topic 3: Transformational Photovoltaic System Designs  
  • Topic 4: Development of New Wind Load Codes for PV Systems

Letter of Intent Due Date: May 9, 2011
Application Due Date: June 9, 2011**

**Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by the due date to be eligible to submit a Full Application.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 05/10/2011

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.