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American-Made Solar Prize

Accelerate and Sustain American Solar Innovation

The American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million prize competition designed to energize U.S. solar manufacturing through a series of contests and the development of a diverse and powerful support network that leverages national laboratories, energy incubators, and other resources across the country.

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The Solar Prize Contests

The Solar Prize encourages the rapid development of innovative solar energy solutions capable of addressing the tough challenges facing the solar industry. Solar Prize competitors participate in three contests—the Ready! Set! and Go! Contests—to transform their ideas into reality in months, rather than years. Competitors have the chance to win $3 million in cash prizes and other resources to help them advance in the competition and accelerate the development of their solution.

Anyone with a big idea for solar can participate.

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Graphic of the American-Made Challenges Ready, Set, Go framework; Make a plan, design a proof of concept, develop prototype and identify pilot partner

Which Track is Right for You?

The Hardware Track and Software Track follow the same three-contest structure but compete for separate prizes. Participants have the chance to win millions in cash prizes, support vouchers, and other resources to help them advance in the competition and accelerate the development of their solutions.

The Software Track is a software prize that includes optional additional challenges that focus on advancing solar in underserved communities. Participants who choose to incorporate this initiative into their solutions have the chance to be considered for a new Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Contest and a bonus cash prize!

Ready! Contest - Both tracks focus on innovative ideas that will address a solar industry technology need. Teams will prove that they have developed a great team, a game-changing solution, and an achievable plan.

Set! Contest - This contest expects teams to make progress in developing (and demonstrating) either early stage hardware proof-of-concepts (in the Hardware Track) or software minimum viable products (in the Software Track).

Go! Contest - Each track focuses on proving that the solutions successfully work and teams have made substantial progress over the course of the contests. This includes developing strong public/private pilot projects in the case of the Hardware Track or proving that software solutions have secured paying customers and developed a sustainable business model in the Software Track.

Note: Please refer to the official rules for each track for specific requirements

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The American-Made Network

The American-Made Network provides support to Solar Prize competitors throughout the competition and is comprised of national labs, incubators, investors, facilities, and seasoned industry mentors. The American-Made Network strengthens and scales the critical connections needed to grow new businesses, develop solutions, and sustain American innovation.

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Who can compete?

Competitors are entrepreneurial individuals or teams legally residing or based in the United States. Competitors can be individuals of one or multiple organizations, students, university faculty members, small business owners, researchers, or anyone with the desire and drive to transform an idea into an impactful solution.


Solutions that Can Shape the Future of Solar

Are you a thinker, entrepreneur, facility or potential partner? Anyone with an innovative idea can help transform the solar industry through the American-Made Solar Prize.

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