$65 million Solar funding opportunity

$65 million Solar funding opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $65 million through its Connected Communities funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to expand DOE’s network of grid-interactive efficient building communities nationwide.

America’s 125 million homes and commercial buildings currently use almost 40% of U.S. energy, 74% of its electricity, and account for the great majority of peak electricity demand. Connected communities can leverage the latest advancements in building science, like state-of-the-art sensors, controls, and analytics, to more flexibly manage and deploy grid-scale energy efficiency and distributed energy resources.

“The integration of emerging technologies and systems is essential to the success of efforts to maximize the effectiveness of advanced building technologies,” said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel R. Simmons.

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On October 7, the U.S. Department of Energy and the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a request for information (RFI) to identify solar photovoltaics (PV) and other technologies that show promise for field study in the GSA Proving Ground program.

U.S.-manufactured solar technologies in one or more of these areas are of particular interest:

  • High-efficiency PV cell and module designs
  • Improved PV construction materials, fabrication processes, or installation methods
  • Building-integrated photovoltaics, such as PV windows and façades
  • Innovative power systems supporting PV, including PV-plus-storage systems

To learn more about this RFI, register for the GSA informational webinar to be held November 5 at 1 p.m. ET. You can respond to this RFI by filling out a questionnaire. Responses are due by December 4 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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