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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

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 ( ). The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators ( ) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.




  • 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