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The Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) FOA will support many activities in solar training and education. Firstly, it will support coordination among the Solar Training Network (STN), military bases and the solar industry. This will ensure that solar instructors are well connected to solar employers, the STN materials are up-to-date, and veterans are connected to solar training institutions. Secondly, it will establish new credentials in solar operations & maintenance and mid-scale installations. Next, this FOA will enable solar training and education for professionals in indirect and related fields such as real estate, finance, insurance, fire and code enforcement, and state regulations. Finally, it will support the expansion of the GEARED initiative.


To view questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please find the DE-FOA-0001329 FOA FAQs document in the "FOA Documents" section below.


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  • DE-FOA-0001329 FOA FAQs updated 8/12/15 (Last Updated: 5/13/2015 04:28 PM ET)
  • SOLAR TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOR PROFESSIONALS (STEP) Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001329 (Last Updated: 5/13/2015 03:34 PM ET)
  • STEP Webinar slides (Last Updated: 6/4/2015 04:46 PM ET)
  • STEP Webinar Script (Last Updated: 6/4/2015 04:56 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 (Last Updated: 5/13/2015 04:17 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 5/13/2015 04:18 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 5/13/2015 04:18 PM ET)
  • Summary_Slide_Template (Last Updated: 5/13/2015 04:18 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/26/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/18/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 9/4/2015 9:00 AM ET – 9/9/2015 5:00 PM ET