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Silicon Solar Manufacturing and Dual-Use Photovoltaics Incubator

Open Date:


Close Date:


Upcoming Milestones:

Eligible Recipients:

  • Private Sector

Program Purpose:

  • Economic Development
  • Energy Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy



Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Energy


This FOA will invest appropriations of $45 million over three years for development of new solar photovoltaics (PV) technologies to improve U.S. domestic manufacturing and competitiveness and secure our domestic energy supply chains.

The activities under this FOA are partly funded by BIL section 41007(c)(2)—the Advanced Solar Energy Manufacturing Initiative, which appropriates $20 million to carry out this activity, and was authorized by the Energy Act of 2020. In addition, appropriations from fiscal year 2023 will be used, authorized under Division Z Section 3004(b) of the Energy Act of 2020, (42 U.S.C. 16238(b)). These activities support the broader government-wide approach to strengthening critical domestic manufacturing and supply chains and to maximize the benefits of the clean energy transition as the nation works to curb the climate crisis, empower workers, and advance environmental justice. These BIL sections are focused on: Photovoltaics and Manufacturability of low cost, high quality solar systems.

This funding opportunity has two topic areas:

  • Topic 1 – Pilot Demonstration of Silicon Supply Chain Components: focuses on demonstration activities that support the domestic silicon PV module supply chain.
  • Topic 2 – Dual-use Photovoltaics Incubator: focuses on RD&D and product development for dual-use PV with the aim of developing these market segments in the United States and increasing deployment.

In both Topic Areas, SETO funding aims to retire technical, business, and market risks of solar hardware to validate pathways to commercial success through customer engagement and trials. Successful awardees will be well positioned to attract follow-on private investment, grow their businesses, generate revenue, and create jobs. This will help address SETO’s aims to support U.S. manufacturing across the solar value chain.

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