U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) - Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)
08/30/22 5:00 PM ET
Cooperative agreements to USA and territories individuals, for-profits, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions to support solar energy research and development. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent and a concept paper prior to submitting a full application. Projects must address technical research on the impacts of agrivoltaic systems on agriculture and solar energy and use the results of that research to build widely applicable tools and resources that make agrivoltaic opportunities more accessible to farmers and solar developers.
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to invest in innovative research and development (R&D) that accelerates the large-scale development and deployment of solar technology to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and decarbonized energy sector by 2050. By investing in research on the co-location of solar photovoltaics (PV) and agriculture (“agrivoltaics”), this FOA will advance the decarbonization of the energy system while providing new economic opportunities to farmers, rural communities, and the solar industry.
SETO is interested in projects that partner with farmers who are pursuing climate-smart and sustainable agriculture, especially small and medium size farms, and are considering agrivoltaics as a way to enhance the economic efficiency and sustainability of these farms, or considering farming activities on this scale at existing solar generation facilities. Small and medium farms are defined by USDA as those with under $1 million gross cash farm income per year.
In addition to small and medium farms, SETO is interested in projects that offer economic benefits to underserved communities in these farming areas. According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, poverty rates in non-metro areas are consistently higher across all demographics than those in metro areas, a trend which has held for decades.8 Agrivoltaics may represent an economic opportunity for these areas, but the extent of that opportunity requires more research to elucidate.
GrantWatch ID#: 203401
EERE anticipates making approximately 4-6 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards.
Individual awards may vary between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000.
EERE anticipates making awards that will run from 24 months up to 48 months in length, comprised of one or more budget periods.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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