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DE-FOA-0000865: Solar Utility Networks: Replicable Innovations in Solar Energy (SUNRISE)

It is anticipated the reviewer comments will be made available on June 13, 2013. Applicants will have two (2) business days from the time the comments are posted to prepare and submit a Reply to Reviewer Comments.  Therefore,  it is anticipated the due date for the Reply to Reviewer Comments is June 17, 2013.


Solar Utility Networks: Replicable Innovations in Solar Energy (SUNRISE)

The Solar Utility Networks: Replicable Innovations in Solar Energy (SUNRISE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to solicit applications for two (2) topic areas. Topic A is to enable utilities to develop long-term strategic plans that integrate high levels of renewable energy generation and ensure reliable real-time power systems operations under high renewable penetration. Topic B is to provide technical assistance for capacity-building activities regarding utility-scale photovoltaic planning and installation. The two (2) FOA topics are intended to support two types of entities: those that are experienced in solar PV resource management, interconnection, and deployment; and those that have little to no experience in photovoltalics (PV) deployment, management and interconnection. 

This FOA is part of the DOE SunShot Initiative and addresses the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) performance metric of increasing the viability and deployment of renewable energy technologies. Launched in 2011, the SunShot Initiative aims to make subsidy‐free solar energy cost‐competitive with conventional forms of energy by 2020.

Under this FOA, applicants are invited to propose work scope in either Topic A or Topic B or both to be reviewed and considered for award. Within Topic A, applicants can choose either A-1 or A-2 or both to address in their proposal to be reviewed and considered for award.  For a more detailed explanation for each topic area and a breakdown of each requirement, please see the FOA. 

Webinar Information:


The SUNRISE Information Webinar


Monday, March 11, 2013


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST


System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet


  • FULL TEXT: DE-FOA-0000865: Solar Utility Networks: Replicable Innovations in Solar Energy (SUNRISE) Amendment 003 (Last Updated: 2/5/2013 02:20 PM ET)
  • SUNRISE Webinar PPT (Last Updated: 3/12/2013 02:36 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 2/12/2013 07:48 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives Instructions (Last Updated: 2/12/2013 07:52 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification (PMC 123.1) (Last Updated: 2/12/2013 07:54 PM ET)
  • Budget Information (SF-424A) (Last Updated: 2/12/2013 07:54 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 2/12/2013 07:55 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 2/12/2013 07:56 PM ET)

Contact Information

    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.
    For questions regarding the content of the FOA. All questions must be received at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/20/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/1/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/12/2013 1:00 PM ET – 6/17/2013 5:00 PM ET