Incentive For Solar (2)


If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at Thank you.

Yes, yes, yes, I will share some more details of the SunShot Initiative that was mentioned in the previous post of April 15, 2011, before going into details of any other incentive programs.  Here are some program highlights of current financial opportunities,  divided into four main groups,  under the umbrella of Solar Energy Technologies Program: photovoltaics; concentrating solar power; systems integration; and marketing transformation.  These DOE funding opportunities encourage collaborative partnerships among industry, universities, national laboratories, federal, state, and local governments’ and non-government agencies and advocacy groups through an open and competitive solicitation process.  To explore these financial opportunity solicitations, please refer to links below:

These current financial opportunities (below) had just been made available this month under the umbrella of Solar Energy Technologies Program

  1. Transformational PV Science and Technology: Next Generation
  2. Extreme Balance of System Hardware Cost Reductions:
  3. Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency:
  4. Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems-Advanced Concepts:

For various DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Program Highlights, please refer to links below:

Here is a special note for my Midwestern friends (a special wave to Rose, who emailed me multiple times regarding concern for availability of amount of sunlight in IL), if Boston, New York City, Ann Arbor, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul can all be one of the Solar America Cities, I am certain that Chicago and many other Midwestern cities can also be part of the Solar America Cities.  Here, you will see the 25 Solar America Cities partnerships

The 25 Solar America Cities partnerships represent the foundation of DOE’s Solar America Communities program

that represent the foundation of DOE’s Solar America Communities program.  Local governments and citizens across the country are taking action to make solar energy a more viable option for their communities.  These forward cities and counties are using innovative approaches to remove market barriers to solar and encourage adoption of solar energy technologies at the local level.  In 2007 and 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy designated 25 major U.S. cities as Solar America Cities and provided financial and technical assistance to help the cities develop comprehensive approaches to increasing solar energy use.  Sixteen of these designees also received additional Recovery Act funding in 2009 for special projects that tackle specific barriers to urban solar energy use.  Here you can also see a chart showing various activities that the 25 Solar America Cities have undertaken to advance solar energy and build sustainable local solar markets.  Communities throughout US can use this chart to identify cities working on similar issues to leverage their experience and lessons learned.  More details regarding these communities and their activities can be found at this site

It is time for all of us, throughout US, to cooperate and help one another in sharing our experiences in our journey toward the sun.  Department of Energy has already provided us with the basic ground work and budget to start in our transition toward solar energy.   We look forward to continued support and additional financial opportunities that will be forthcoming.  But in the meantime, citizens of US, take a close look at these activities and programs and see how you may take part in this exciting transitioning period.  You may be an entrepreneur with business ideas, a university faculty or researcher, a college student, a home maker trying to find more efficient way to provide household energy sources, you may all take part in these programs, benefiting financially while participating in this global movement toward the sun. So, let’s be optimistic!  Let’s head toward the sun with confident and giant leaps.  If you have any other questions regarding  the SunShot/Dollar-a-Watt Initiative, please refer to contact below:

SunShot Initiative Contacts

Contact information for the SunShot/Dollar-a-Watt Initiative is provided below.

U.S. Department of Energy
SunShot Initiative and Solar Energy Technologies Program
Ramamoorthy Ramesh
Program Manager
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC, 20585
Phone: 202-287-1473

Rachel Tronstein
Clean Energy Advisor
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC, 20585
Phone: 202-586-6832

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