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SunShot Prize to Cut Solar Installation Costs

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SunShot Prize: Race to the Rooftops

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the SunShot Prize aims to spur low-cost rooftop solar installations across the nation. This competition offers a total of up to $10 million in cash awards to the first three teams that repeatedly demonstrate an average of $1 per watt (W) for non-hardware costs such as permitting, interconnection, and inspection.

Despite unprecedented cost reductions for solar hardware over recent years, as much as 50% of the total cost for residential and small-commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems is related to the price to plug in. Enabling dramatic reductions in the non-hardware costs—or "soft costs"—of solar is now the greatest challenge to achieving cost-competitive solar by 2020.

The SunShot Prize directs the efforts of solar innovators at solving the soft cost challenge. Winning teams will successfully deploy 5,000 small-scale (2–15 kilowatt) rooftop PV systems with non-hardware costs averaging $1/W during Phase I of the competition. Phase II, which is intended to assess business sustainability of the winning teams, calls for the installation of an additional 1,000 qualifying systems.  Details at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/sunshot/prize.html#competition%20rules

 

COMPETITION PERIOD

Competition Rules Released and Registration to Compete Period Begins

September 12, 2012

Pre-Submission and Submission Period Begins

December 31, 2012

Registration to Compete Deadline

5 PM ET, October 31, 2014

Pre-Submission Assessment Period Ends

November 30, 2014

Phase I Prize Submission Deadline

5 PM ET, December 31, 2014

Phase II Prize Submission Deadline

(Specified Independently for Each Phase I Submission)

12 Months after

Phase I Submission

ANNOUNCEMENTS OF WINNERS

Anticipated Date for Announcing Prize Winners and Awarding Phase I Prizes

Summer 2015

Anticipated Date for Awarding Phase II Prizes

Spring 2016

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