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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0000959: U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015

 Informational Webinar

DOE hosted an informational webinar on the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 on December 4, 2013. Follow this link to view a recording of the webinar. ( You will be required to register for the webinar in order to view the recording. A transcript and the slide presentation are available in the FOA Documents section of this announcement.



The purpose of this amendment is to make the following change:

Include informational webinar instructions for a webinar to be held on December 4th, 2013.

Title:    Solar Decathlon 2015 FOA Informational Webinar

Date:    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Time:   2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements:

PC-based attendees:

Required: Windows® 8, 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

All other parts of the FOA remain unchanged.



Through The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Department of Energy challenges 20 domestic and international affiliated collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.  The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The purposes of the Solar Decathlon are to:

• Educate students and the public about the money-saving opportunities and environmental benefits presented by clean-energy products and design solutions.

• Demonstrate to the public the comfort and affordability of homes that combine energy-efficient construction and appliances with renewable-energy systems available today.

• Provide participating students with unique training that prepares them to enter our nation’s clean-energy workforce.

The challenge to the teams competing in Solar Decathlon 2015 is to safely and effectively design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive in less than 24 months.

The Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an educational workforce development program designed to educate university-level students.  The Solar Decathlon is also a public outreach demonstration designed to foster greater adoption of clean energy technologies and energy efficiency.


Previous Versions

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 Amendment 0001 (Last Updated: 11/20/2013 11:19 AM ET)
  • US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 Informational Webinar 12/4/2013 (Last Updated: 12/4/2013 04:46 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 (Last Updated: 9/27/2013 10:50 AM ET)
  • SF-424A (Last Updated: 9/27/2013 10:54 AM ET)
  • PMC 123.1 Detailed Budget Justification (Last Updated: 9/27/2013 10:54 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL (Last Updated: 9/27/2013 10:55 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/20/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 1/27/2014 8:00 AM ET – 1/28/2014 8:00 AM ET