American-Made Challenges

Solar Prize Round 4

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.


Round 4 Go! Contest Winners



Congratulations to our two winners from the Go! Contest! These teams will be awarded both $500,000 in cash prizes and program vouchers for use at national laboratories and connector facilities.



entry title (listed alphabetically) team location subject area
Aerogel Insulated Solar Collector for Process Heat AeroShield Materials Hyde Park, MA CSP
Roofing for the Sol the r&d lab Petaluma, CA Photovoltaics


Round 4 Set! Contest Finalists



Congratulations to all of the finalists from the Set! Contest! These teams will be awarded both cash prizes and program vouchers for use at national laboratories and connector facilities. Finalists are eligible to compete in the Go! Contest.



entry title (listed alphabetically) team location subject area
Aerogel Insulated Solar Collector for Process Heat AeroShield Materials Hyde Park, MA CSP
Boosting Energy Yield from Dusty Solar Panel Superclean Glass Stony Brook, NY Photovoltaics
MORE POWER LESS DIRT Pellucere Technologies Houston, TX Photovoltaics
NanoSpray: Low Cost Solutions for Back Contacts NanoSpray Brooklyn, NY Photovoltaics
Rocking Solar Tracker Rocking Solar Monroe, OH Photovoltaics
Roofing for the Sol the r&d lab Petaluma, CA Photovoltaics
Room Temperature Metal Coating for CSP Mirror Hawaii Innovation Laboratory Honolulu, HI CSP
Saving Solar Power Energy for All Elkridge, MD Photovoltaics
Solar Panel with Heatsink Cool Tech Solar North Oaks, MN Photovoltaics
Urban Energy Solar Canopy Urban Energy Brooklyn, NY Photovoltaics

The American-Made Solar Prize Round 4 teams worked hard to prepare the pitch of their technology at Set! Demo Day, revisit their innovations and progress.


Round 4 Ready! Contest Semifinalists



Congratulations to all of the semifinalists from the Ready! Contest! Twenty teams across 12 states have been identified as eligible to compete in the next two rounds of the Prize competition. These teams will be awarded a cash prize and are now eligible to advance in the Set! and Go! Contests!



entry title (listed alphabetically) team location subject area
Aerogel Insulated Solar Collector for Process Heat Boston, MA CSP
Artificial Intelligence Enabled Battery-Less Solar Hybrid Inverter San Jose, CA Systems Integration
Boosting Energy Yield from Dusty Solar Panel Stony Brook, NY Photovoltaics
Harnessing the Sun Using MV SiC Power Devices Newtonville, NY Systems Integration
Integrated Solar Power and Insulated Wall System Easthampton, MA Photovoltaics
Lightfoot - Solar Powered Vehicles San Francisco, CA Photovoltaics
MORE POWER LESS DIRT Corvallis, OR Photovoltaics
NanoSpray: Low Cost solutions for Back Contacts Brooklyn, NY Photovoltaics
Next-Gen Solar Roofing Product Collaboration Highland, NY Photovoltaics
PV Cost-Effective Eco-Friendly Recycling SPWR Austin, TX Photovoltaics
Rocking Solar Tracker Mason, OH Photovoltaics
Roofing for the Sol Petaluma, CA Photovoltaics
Room Temperature Metal Coating for CSP Mirror Honolulu, HI CSP
Saving Solar Power Columbia, MD Photovoltaics
Self Cleaning Solar Power Boston, MA Photovoltaics
Solar Air Wall Merritt Island, FL CSP
Solar Panel with Heatsink North Oaks, MN Photovoltaics
Stable and Scalable Perovskite Solar Cells West Lafayette, IN Photovoltaics
The Mighty Power Systemâ„¢ Monmouth County, NJ Photovoltaics
Urban Energy Solar Canopy Brooklyn, NY Photovoltaics

Important dates for Round 4


  • Submission opens: July 10, 2020
  • Ready! Contest submission deadline: October 8, 2020 2:00 PM ET
  • Ready! winners announced and Set! Contest begins: December 4, 2020
  • Set! Contest winners announced and Go! Contest begins: April 9, 2021
  • Go! Contest winners announced: anticipated September 2021

All dates are subject to change including contest openings, deadlines, and announcements.

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