Archives for May 26, 2015

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT: CSP: CONCENTRATING OPTICS FOR LOWER LEVELIZED ENERGY COSTS (COLLECTS)

Building upon the successful outcomes of the 2012 SunShot CSP Research and Development funding program, the CSP: Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized Energy Costs (COLLECTS) funding program seeks to further CSP system technologies by soliciting disruptive, transformative projects for the concentrating solar collectors in the CSP plant. These innovative projects will seek to surpass the targets set out in the SunShot Vision Study, enabling CSP to be cost-competitive with conventional forms of electric power generation. Projects will target the design and manufacturing of novel solar collectors with the ability to significantly reduce the solar field contribution to the overall levelized cost of energy of the CSP plant, and which have not been previously specifically targeted by CSP funding programs. These developments should lead to subsequent system integration, engineering scale-up, and eventual commercial production for electricity generation applications by 2020.

It is anticipated that awards will range from $750,000 to $3,000,000, totaling approximately five to 20 total awards. The cost share requirement is 20% for R&D activities and 50% for demonstration and commercial activities.

Prior to submitting a full application for this opportunity, a brief, mandatory concept paper is due on June 25, 2015. See all application dates below.

FOA Issue Date: May 26, 2015
Informational Webinar: June 2, 2015
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: June 25, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: August 25, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: October 2015
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: November 2015
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: February 2016

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT: SOLAR BANKABILITY DATA TO ADVANCE TRANSACTIONS AND ACCESS (SB-DATA)

The Solar Bankability Data to Advance Transactions and Access (SB-DATA) funding program targets soft cost reduction by increasing data accessibility and quality. It will facilitate the growth and expansion of the solar industry by creating a standardized data landscape for distributed solar. As the solar market continues to rapidly grow, it’s critical that the collection, management, and exchange of solar datasets across the value chain – especially those that affect the bankability of solar assets – are coordinated and streamlined to protect consumers, increase efficient pricing, and support new and existing businesses entering the solar marketplace. The goal of SB-DATA is to support the creation and adoption of industry-led open data standards for rapid and seamless data exchange across the value chain from origination to decommissioning.

It is anticipated that awards will range from $500,000 to $2,000,000, with a total of three to seven awards. The cost share is 50% of total project costs.

Prior to submitting a full application for this opportunity, a brief, mandatory concept paper is due on June 22, 2015. See all application dates below.

FOA Issue Date: May 26, 2015
Informational Webinar: June 4, 2015, 2:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: June 22, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: July 31, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: August 31, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: November 2, 2015
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: 8 weeks

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT: SOLAR TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOR PROFESSIONALS (STEP)

Workforce-4-01.pngThe Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) funding program will tackle soft costs by addressing gaps in solar training and energy education, both within the solar workforce and in professions that play a crucial role in solar deployment. First, it will support coordination among the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN), military bases, and the solar industry. This will ensure that solar instructors are well connected to solar employers, the SITN materials are up-to-date, and veterans are connected to solar training institutions. Second, it will establish new credentials in solar operations and maintenance, and mid-scale installations. Third, this funding program will enable solar training and education for professionals in indirect and related fields such as real estate, finance, insurance, fire and code enforcement, and state regulations. Finally, it will support the expansion of the Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) initiative.