American-Made Solar Prize

Accelerate and sustain American solar innovation

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


I AM a community member with an innovative idea

I AM an innovator with a potential solution

I AM an industry partner interested in the network

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The Solar Prize Contests

The Solar Prize will address tough problems facing the solar energy industry, spurring the next wave of solar technology innovations through three progressive challenges and cash incentives.

The potential for innovation is everywhere.


The Ready! Set! and Go! Contests are a kickstart for anyone - teams or individuals - to build connections, secure investments, and advance the best ideas.


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

The American-Made Network

The Solar Prize will reenergize American energy innovation by tapping the nation's unparalleled innovation ecosystem and America's competitive spirit by leveraging national labs, incubators, facilities and more.

The American-Made Network expands throughout the competition and increasingly generates more connections for entrepreneurs and supports their success

Direct access to world-class resources and expertise.


The American-Made Network is designed to strengthen and scale critical connections to accelerate and sustain innovation.


Solutions that help 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.


Ready for the Challenge?