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Energy Funding Matrix

Funding the clean energy transition has become a clear focus of the current administration. Recent pieces of legislation, such as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), have created dozens of grant, loan and financing programs for renewable energies. These opportunities were sourced across agencies and collected in a central location to ensure you find the relevant grant, loan or financing program that fits your organization’s renewable energy goals. MLS and Mintz have developed an ESG funding matrix that serves as an aggregate resource to help you leverage federal dollars in your clean and renewable energy efforts. This matrix is updated on a bi-weekly basis.

Opportunity Federal Office Technologies Description
2024 Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD) FOA DOE (SETO)

This FOA will fund innovative solar photovoltaics (PV) R&D that reduces the cost of PV modules, reduces carbon and energy intensity of PV manufacturing processes, and optimizes PV technology for new, specialized markets.

Advanced Biofuel Payment Program USDA

This program’s goal is to increase the production of advanced biofuels.This program helps increase American energy independence.Applications are accepted in October of each year. To enroll, a producer must file an application and information by October 31st.

Advanced Energy Security Program to Secure Energy Networks BIL, DOE

The Advanced Energy Security Program is designed to increase the functional preservation of electric grid operations or natural gas and oil operations in the face of threats and hazards.

Advanced Processing of Rare Earth Elements and Critical Minerals for Industrial… DOE (BIL)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) issued a notice of intent (NOI) to fund a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law program that will focus on developing advanced concepts to lower the costs of producing rare earth elements and critical minerals and materials from domestic coal-based resources. It is anticipated that the funding opportunity announcement will have two areas of interest: Advanced Process Development for Production of Rare Earth Metals and Co-production of Critical Minerals from Coal-Based Resource, and Production of Critical Minerals Excluding Rare Earth Elements from Coal-Based Resources.


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) intends to release the Advancing U.S. Thin-Film Solar Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) of up to $36 million for research, development, and demonstration projects on two major thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technologies: metal halide perovskite PV and cadmium telluride (CdTe) PV. This FOA will promote American leadership in thin-film PV technology, and the domestic manufacture of thin-film PV modules. This FOA will also support SETO in meeting Congressional direction provided in fiscal year 2023 to spend no less than $25 million each to support the advancement of both perovskite PV and CdTe PV technologies ($50 million in total). The FOA is expected to be released in September 2023 and is expected to be restricted to for-profit lead applicants.

Advancing U.S. Thin-Film Solar Photovoltaics DOE (SETO)

The FOA will fund projects on industrial perovskite PV research and development to enable future commercialization. Projects should reach or accelerate the attainment of specific thresholds of efficiency, long-term reliability, manufacturability, and economic viability aligned with targets identified in a prior SETO Request for Information.

All Hazards Energy Resilience DOE

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to advance tools and technologies specifically designed to reduce risks to energy delivery infrastructure from all hazards including cybersecurity, physical security, and climate effects. This effort will lead to next generation tools and technologies not available today that will become widely adopted throughout the energy sector to reduce an incident disruption to energy delivery.

American-Made Data-Driven Distributed (3D) Solar Visibility Prize DOE (EERE)

The American-Made Data-Driven Distributed (3D) Solar Visibility Prize is a $175,000 prize designed to incentivize innovators to develop models and algorithms that can provide accurate and real-time information about distributed solar generation in electric power distribution networks. Competitors in the 3D Solar Visibility Prize will develop a DSSE tool and be provided with measurements to test them. The 3D Solar Visibility Prize will award up to $175,000 to up to five competitors.

American-Made Heliostat Prize DOE (SETO)

The American-Made Heliostat Prize is a $3 million competition designed to accelerate technology innovation through the design, development, and demonstration of key components of heliostats. Heliostats are devices that tilt mirrors to track the sun and reflect sunlight toward a receiver.

American-Made Solar Data Bounty Prize - Round 2 DOE (SETO)

The two-stage, $1.4 million prize is open to U.S.-based PV system owners and entities authorized to share data from PV systems. These owners are invited to submit at least five years of historical time-series data at a minimum of 15-minute time resolution for one or two of their systems. Datasets collected through this prize are meant to assist commercial and academic research and development efforts seeking to improve the accuracy of PV system modeling, and thus lower the risk associated with developing and operating those assets.