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EERE Funding Opportunity Announcements

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  DE-FOA-0002336 Research and Development for Advanced Water Resource Recovery Systems Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (AMO) 8/4/2020 05:00 PM ET 10/6/2020 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002324 Building Technologies Proving Ground – Public Sector Field Validation Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Building Technologies (BTO) 7/27/2020 05:00 PM ET 9/28/2020 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001620 NOI_First Steps toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands – 2016 Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Weatherization & Intergovernmental (WIPO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001403 Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Office of Strategic Programs (OSP) 5/17/2016 05:00 PM ET 6/23/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001422 NOI: Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Office of Strategic Programs (OSP) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001189 Climate Action Champions: Request for Applications Other Office of Strategic Programs (OSP) 10/27/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001071 Solar Market Pathways Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 5/28/2014 05:00 PM ET 7/11/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000788 Rooftop Solar Challenge II Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 1/25/2013 05:00 PM ET 1/25/2013 05:00 PM ET 3/22/2013 05:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002336: Research and Development for Advanced Water Resource Recovery Systems

In recent years a growing number of utilities responsible for clean water have been moving from strict wastewater treatment to water resource management, some formally renaming themselves as water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs). Energy efficiency in equipment, processes, and operations is a fundamental part of this transition, and energy savings in facility retrofits can reach 50 percent. In addition to energy efficiency improvements, wastewater contains about five times more energy than is needed for its treatment, creating an opportunity for new, innovative technologies and approaches to recovering that energy content.

Looking even more broadly than municipal wastewater treatment facilities - across the entire energy-water nexus - water and wastewater contain a significant amount of recoverable chemical, thermal, and hydrodynamic energy content. Treatment efficiencies and energy recovery options across the energy-water nexus create the possibility for a growing percentage of treated water and wastewater systems in municipal, industrial, agriculture, utility, oil and gas and other sectors to achieve net-zero energy consumption, and even to become net producers of energy under favorable circumstances.

Energy is often the second-highest operating cost (behind labor costs) for water and wastewater treatment systems. Black & Veatch’s client surveys indicate that energy costs at water and wastewater utilities account for well over 10% of total operating costs for a large majority of utilities, with a significant number of utilities having energy costs that exceed 30 percent. Increasingly stringent regulations for contaminants are pushing water and wastewater treatment systems to use even more advanced – and energy intensive – treatment technologies. The energy use of these systems is expected to increase by up to 20 percent in the coming decades due to more stringent water quality standards and growing water demand based on population growth. Additionally, water and wastewater treatment facilities, pipes, and related infrastructure in cities around the country are approaching their end of expected service life. Therefore, a unique window of opportunity exists to replace the aging infrastructure with new, innovative approaches to water and wastewater treatment, resource recovery, and water reuse by looking more broadly at interconnected, cross-sector opportunities (i.e. municipal, industrial, agriculture, oil and gas, etc.) across the energy-water nexus to develop water and wastewater treatment systems of the future – advanced water resource recovery systems.
The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to conduct research, development, and deployment on technology innovations that enable advanced water resource recovery systems. Topic Area 1 of this FOA seeks to advance the development of transformative technologies beyond early stage research and development (R&D) to become pilot ready (TRL 4-6). Whereas, Topic Area 2 of this FOA seeks to test currently developed, pilot ready technologies (TRL 6-7) though design, build, and operations in industrially relevant conditions to enable commercialization.

This FOA is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) as part of the DOE’s Water Security Grand Challenge (WSGC). The WSGC is a White House initiated, U.S. DOE led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. Using a coordinated suite of prizes, competitions, R&D, and other programs, the Water Security Grand Challenge has set the following goals for the United States to reach by 2030:

Launch desalination technologies that deliver cost-competitive clean water;Transform the energy sector’s produced water from a waste to a resource;Achieve near-zero water impact for new thermoelectric power plants, and significantly lower freshwater use intensity within the existing fleet;Double resource recovery from municipal wastewater; and, Develop small, modular energy-water systems for urban, rural, tribal, national security, and disaster response settings.


As part of the WSGC, DOE announced a $1 million Water Resource Recovery Prize to accelerate resource recovery from municipal wastewater across the United States. DOE also announced the selection of the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) to lead DOE’s Energy-Water Desalination Hub, an early stage R&D consortia focused on desalination technologies. This FOA seeks to leverage these investments to further develop technologies for advanced water resource recovery systems.

Questions regarding the FOA must be submitted to AMOWaterFOA@ee.doe.gov

Answers to the questions will be posted to an excel spreadsheet found in the annoucement Documents section of the FOA posting.

EERE Exchange is designed to enforce the deadlines specified in this FOA. The “Apply” and “Submit” buttons will automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. Should applicants experience problems with EERE Exchange, the following information may be helpful.

Applicants that experience issues with submission PRIOR to the FOA deadline: In the event that an applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the applicant should contact the EERE Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The EERE Exchange helpdesk and/or the EERE Exchange system administrators will assist applicants in resolving issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in late submissions: In the event that an applicant experiences technical difficulties so severe that they are unable to submit their application by the deadline, the applicant should contact the EERE Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The EERE Exchange helpdesk and/or the EERE Exchange system administrators will assist the applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing submission on behalf of and with the applicant’s concurrence). Please note, network traffic is at its heaviest during the final hours and minutes prior to submittal deadline. Applicants who experience this during the final hours or minutes and are unsuccessful in uploading documents will not be able to use this process.


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0002336: Research and Development for Advanced Water Resource Recovery Systems (Last Updated: 6/30/2020 01:44 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0002336: Question and Answer Log (Last Updated: 2/17/2021 04:45 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Full Application

  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 6/29/2020 03:03 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (Last Updated: 6/29/2020 03:04 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 6/29/2020 03:04 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification (Last Updated: 6/29/2020 03:05 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 8/4/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 10/6/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 11/5/2020 5:00 PM ET – 11/10/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002324: Building Technologies Proving Ground – Public Sector Field Validation

The Building Technologies Proving Ground – Public Sector Field Validation funding opportunity will invest up to $10 million to allow state, local, and tribal government entities to compete for funding designed to meet U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) goals via field validation of high impact commercial building technologies. Projects under this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will be funded by the EERE’s Building Technologies Office and administered in partnership with EERE’s Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office’s State Energy Program. The objective of this funding is to generate and disseminate data on the field performance of novel approaches to integrate advanced building technologies, that can inform commercial and multi-family building efficiency, demand flexibility, and building-to-grid programs. Projects funded through this FOA will have the potential to significantly reduce energy use in U.S. commercial buildings, develop new value streams for commercial building owners, and provide the end use flexibility required to dynamically balance the distribution grid.

An informational FOA webinar was held on June 30, 2020 at 12:00pm ET. The slides to the presentation are accessible in the Documents section of the FOA posting. 

Questions regarding the FOA must be submitted to BTOProvingGroundFOA@ee.doe.gov

Answers to the questions will be posted to an excel spreadsheet found in the annoucement Documents section of the FOA posting.

EERE Exchange is designed to enforce the deadlines specified in this FOA. The “Apply” and “Submit” buttons will automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. Should applicants experience problems with EERE Exchange, the following information may be helpful.

Applicants that experience issues with submission PRIOR to the FOA deadline: In the event that an applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the applicant should contact the EERE Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The EERE Exchange helpdesk and/or the EERE Exchange system administrators will assist applicants in resolving issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in late submissions: In the event that an applicant experiences technical difficulties so severe that they are unable to submit their application by the deadline, the applicant should contact the EERE Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The EERE Exchange helpdesk and/or the EERE Exchange system administrators will assist the applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing submission on behalf of and with the applicant’s concurrence). Please note, network traffic is at its heaviest during the final hours and minutes prior to submittal deadline. Applicants who experience this during the final hours or minutes and are unsuccessful in uploading documents will not be able to use this process.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0002324_Funding_Opportunity_Announcement_(FOA) (Last Updated: 6/25/2020 05:32 PM ET)
  • Proving_Ground_Teaming_List_Responses (Last Updated: 8/3/2020 12:37 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0002324_FOA_Webinar_Presentation (Last Updated: 7/1/2020 05:31 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0002324_Proving_Ground_2020_FAQ_Log (Last Updated: 9/25/2020 01:40 PM ET)
  • bto-proving-ground-foa-webinar-transcript-063020 (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 02:23 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Full Application

  • SF-424_Application_for_Federal_Assistance (Last Updated: 6/25/2020 04:17 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL_Disclosure_of_Lobbying_Activities (Last Updated: 6/25/2020 04:17 PM ET)
  • Statement_of_Project_Objectives_(SOPO) (Last Updated: 6/25/2020 04:19 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_(3_BPs) (Last Updated: 6/25/2020 04:19 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 7/27/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/28/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/28/2020 5:00 PM ET – 11/2/2020 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001620: NOI_First Steps toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands – 2016

 

The purpose of this Notice of Intent (NOI) is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (Office of Indian Energy) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “First Steps toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands – 2016.”

Under the planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native regional corporations and village corporations) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations under the following topic areas:

Conduct energy options analyses (Topic Area 1); Establish baseline energy use (Topic Area 2); Develop energy organizations (Topic Area 3); Conduct climate resiliency planning (Topic Area 4); Establish policy, regulations, and codes to reduce energy use or promote energy develop (Topic Area 5); and, Obtain skills and training related to energy use and development (Topic Area 6).

It is expected that proposed activities will result in specific measurable results or end-products that will lead to the development and deployment of energy solutions, and/or build knowledge or skills necessary to implement successful strategic energy solutions.

All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. The Office of Indian Energy may issue a FOA as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein, or DOE may not issue a FOA at all. The Office of Indian Energy will not respond to questions concerning this Notice.

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. The Office of Indian Energy will not respond to questions concerning this Notice. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE eXCHANGE in August or September, 2016

In order to submit an application if a FOA is issued, interested applicants must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for the EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website http://eere.energy.gov/financing/exchangeExchange/Manuals.aspx  after logging in to the system.

Documents

  • Notice of Intent: First Steps toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands – 2016 (Last Updated: 7/15/2016 06:36 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001403: Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP)

* The purpose of Modification 0002 is to correct the page limit for the Technical Volume from 20 pages to 10 pages, as stated in Section IV.D.ii of the FOA.

*The purpose of Modification 0001 is to revise the following dates: Full Application submission deadline, expected submission deadline for replies to reviewer comments, expected date for EERE selection notifications, and expected timeframe for award negotiations.*

Q&A from the March 31st Webinar may be found in the FOA FAQ's Question & Answer Log under the Documents section.

The intent of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support the development and piloting of data-driven decision frameworks by local and tribal governments. These frameworks should advance model practices and processes that improve the ability of local and tribal governments to integrate, analyze, and understand varied datasets, in order to pursue opportunities across all clean energy sectors such as sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, and renewable power.

To develop and pilot such data-driven efforts, this FOA strongly encourages partnerships between local or tribal governments and entities such as academic institutions, technology companies, utilities, regional planning bodies, and non-governmental organizations.

An informational webinar was held March 31, 2016 at 2:30 pm ET. Below is the link to view the presentation:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3767454976092086787

 

Documents

  • Cities-LEAP FOA Modification 0002 (Last Updated: 5/26/2016 03:04 PM ET)
  • FOA FAQs 8-15-16 Question and Answer Log (Last Updated: 8/15/2016 11:45 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Sample (Last Updated: 6/22/2016 07:50 AM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Full Application

  • Statement of Project Objectives (Last Updated: 3/2/2016 10:34 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/2/2016 09:19 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification (EERE 335) (Last Updated: 3/2/2016 09:20 AM ET)
  • Subaward Budget Justification (EERE 335) (Last Updated: 3/2/2016 09:21 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 3/2/2016 09:21 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/17/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/23/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/7/2016 1:00 PM ET – 8/31/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001422: NOI: Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP)

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Strategic Programs Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP)”. As part of the Cities-LEAP project, EERE’s Office of Strategic Programs, through its Policy and Analysis and Technology-to-Market Teams, intends to solicit applications to advance data-driven decision-making by local governments in support of their climate and energy goals. This anticipated funding opportunity is intended for local and tribal governments as prime applicants and strongly encourages partnerships between local and tribal governments and entities such as academic institutions, technology companies, utilities, regional planning bodies, and non-governmental organizations to develop and pilot data-driven decision frameworks that strengthen the analytical underpinning of energy-impacting actions by local governments across the United States.

The purpose of this Notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Office of Strategic Programs, on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue a FOA titled, “Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP)”. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange in March 2016.

Documents

  • NOI_DE-FOA-0001422 (Last Updated: 2/22/2016 02:26 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001189: Climate Action Champions: Request for Applications

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is committed to advancing the Administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change.

 

In recognition of the importance of the dual policy goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing climate resilience[1], the DOE­ – in close collaboration with other Federal agencies – is launching an initiative to identify and showcase U.S. local and tribal governments that have proven to be climate leaders through pursuing opportunities to advance both of these goals in their communities. In particular, the initiative will select 10-15 U.S. local governments and tribal governments  – or regional collaborations or consortia thereof – that demonstrate a strong and ongoing commitment to implementing strategies that both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance climate resilience, with a particular emphasis on strategies that further both goals. The DOE-led effort will provide a platform for other Federal agencies to participate in, and give leverage to, the activities of communities that are selected for this initiative.

 

The DOE initiative is being led as a combined effort through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the Office of Indian Energy, and the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis.


Climate Action Champions Request for Applications Informational Webinar

This Webinar was held on October 9th 2014.  The presentation from the is available for viewing. This file is located in the documents below. 

 

 


[1] “Resilience” means the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions. (E.O. 13653)

 

Documents

  • Climate Action Communities Request For Applications (Last Updated: 9/30/2014 01:47 PM ET)
  • Webinar Presentation for Climate Action Champions 10-9-14 (Last Updated: 10/9/2014 04:54 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Full Application

  • SF_424_-_Application_for_Financial_Assistance (Last Updated: 9/29/2014 06:27 PM ET)
  • SF_LLL_-_Disclosure_of_Lobbying_Activities (Last Updated: 9/29/2014 06:33 PM ET)
  • Climate Action Champions Application Template (Last Updated: 10/9/2014 05:34 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 10/27/2014 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001071: Solar Market Pathways


 This FOA was amended on July 8, 2014.   The purpose of this amendment is to add information regarding a waiver of cost share requirements for eligible applicants, and to update the FOA with the changes as described below.

1. In the Executive Summary on page 5, add a brief Cost Share Waiver description;

2. In Section III.B. Cost Sharing, add a detailed Cost Share Waiver description;

3. In Section IV.D.1. Content and Form of the Full Application – Full Application Content and Requirements, add the naming convention for the Technical Volume Workplan;

4. In Section IV.D.2. Content and Form of the Full Application – Technical Volume, add the Data Management Plan to the table; and

5. In Section IV.D.2. Content and Form of the Full Application – Technical Volume, add clarifying language that the Workplan counts toward the Technical Volume’s 25 page limit.

This FOA was amended on June 5, 2014.  The purpose of this amendment is to modify the following dates:

  1. Submission deadline for full applications;
  2. Reviewer comments to applicants;
  3. Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments;
  4. Expected date for EERE selection notification.

This funding opportunity seeks to support regional, state, tribal, and locally-driven efforts to develop multi-year solar deployment plans that will help provide business certainty and establish a clear path for the next five to ten years of solar deployment. Specifically, this FOA is intended to enable replicable multi-year strategies that spur significant solar deployment, drive down solar soft costs, support local economic development efforts, and address the potential challenges arising from increased solar penetration on the electrical grid. Awardees are expected to convene stakeholder processes to develop their plan, and subgroups could address specific topics such as the net benefits and costs of solar electricity (to and from the grid), and/or develop solar deployment programs including, but not limited to, commercial property assessed clean energy financing, shared solar, and/or incorporating solar within their emergency response plans. 

The eXCHANGE system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions.  The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines.  The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: 

In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov ). The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov ) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.


THE WEBINAR & TRANSCRIPT OF WEBINAR FOR

APPLICANTS IS AVAILABLE BELOW IN FOA DOCUMENTS 

Documents

  • Solar Market Pathways Funding Opportunity Announcement - Amendment 000002 (Last Updated: 6/5/2014 03:07 PM ET)
  • Pre-Concept Paper Webinar (Last Updated: 4/29/2014 04:09 PM ET)
  • Pre-Concept Paper Webinar Transcript (Last Updated: 4/22/2014 07:30 PM ET)
  • Full Application Webinar (Last Updated: 6/18/2014 04:38 PM ET)
  • Full Application Webinar Transcript (Last Updated: 6/18/2014 04:42 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Full Application

  • SF-424 Application for Financial Assistance (Last Updated: 4/17/2014 10:52 AM ET)
  • EERE 159 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 4/16/2014 05:03 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 4/17/2014 10:53 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 6/18/2014 11:05 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/28/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/11/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/5/2014 5:00 PM ET – 8/8/2014 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000788: Rooftop Solar Challenge II

The Rooftop Solar Challenge II (RSC II) is a program intended to deploy, at the regional and national scale innovative, local government-level solutions towards eliminating market barriers and lowering the non-hardware balance of system costs (“soft costs”) of grid-tied solar photovoltaics (PV).  Applicants will be expected to have already demonstrated exceptional progress towards achieving soft cost reductions in specific geographic areas, and must present a credible plan to build on these successes by rapidly deploying techniques and tools to achieve larger-scale impact on solar PV markets.  In addition to receiving a rigorous qualitative evaluation, Applicants will be quantitatively assessed and scored during and at the end of the project period according to the DOE Solar Market Maturity Model (SM3).  Applicants are expected to propose a means for achieving the widespread process standardization that is critical to achieving rapid scale-up of PV markets.

Applicants may apply for one of two Topic Areas of awards:

1.      Topic Area A: Wide-Impact Awards:   These awards are intended to fund unique and innovative approaches to local solar PV market transformation, with particular focus on approaches with wide geographic and large population impacts.

2.      Topic Area B: State and Regional-Impact Awards:  These awards are intended to fund efforts to streamline and standardize processes at the state and regional level. 

 

In accordance with 10 CFR 600.6(b), eligibility for award is restricted to Applicants:

·         Located in the United States; and

·         State or territorial governments; or

·         Local governments; or

·         Consortia, made up of regional or statewide teams of local, governments, large single jurisdictions, or Tribal governments; or

·         Non-profit or for-profit entities authorized to act on behalf of a consortia of state and/or local governments, and 

·         The total population represented or impacted by an Applicant for this FOA must be 1,000,000 or greater as defined by the 2010 report of the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

Applications must be submitted through the EERE eXCHANGE website to be considered for award. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for the EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website http://eere.energy.gov/financing/exchangeExchange/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system.

 

Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement and where to submit questions regarding submission of applications is found in the full FOA posted on the EERE Exchange website.

Documents

  • FULL TEXT: DE-FOA-0000788 - Rooftop Solar Challenge II Amendment 002 (Last Updated: 12/10/2012 03:11 PM ET)
  • Solar Market Maturity Sample Scorecard (Last Updated: 12/20/2012 03:10 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 12/18/2012 06:07 PM ET)
  • SF-424a Budget Information (Last Updated: 12/18/2012 06:09 PM ET)
  • PMC 123.1 Budget Justification (Last Updated: 12/18/2012 06:10 PM ET)
  • NEPA Environmental Checklist (Last Updated: 12/18/2012 06:11 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Lobbying Form (Last Updated: 12/18/2012 06:12 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (Last Updated: 12/18/2012 06:13 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives Instructions (Last Updated: 12/18/2012 06:14 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 12/18/2012 06:15 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • RooftopChallenge@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of the FOA. All questions must be received at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
  • eere-exchangesupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questons must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 1/25/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/25/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/22/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 4/22/2013 8:00 PM ET – 4/24/2013 11:59 PM ET