American-Made Challenges

Solar Prize Round 2

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 2 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
>15kV Power Router (SST) DC coupled solar+storage Resilient Power Systems Georgetown, TX Systems Integration
Back-contacted silicon modules at the cost of PERC SunFlex Solar Tempe, AZ Photovoltaics

Round 2 Go! Demo Day



The American-Made Solar Prize Round 2 finalist teams worked for months preparing to pitch their technology at Go! Demo Day. These 10 teams have been substantially advancing their solutions from proof-of-concept to refined prototypes and finding partners to perform pilot tests of the prototypes.




Round 2 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 and semifinalists are eligible to compete in the Go! Contest.



entry title (listed alphabetically) team location subject area
>15kV Power Router (SST) DC coupled solar+storage Resilient Power Systems Georgetown, TX Systems Integration
Advanced Bifacial Panel Taka Solar Mountain View, CA Photovoltaics
Asoleyo Architectural Solar Asoleyo Herndon, VA Photovoltaics
Back-contacted silicon modules at the cost of PERC SunFlex Solar Tempe, AZ Photovoltaics
Continuous Silicon Wafer Production Integrated Silicon Systems Pittsburgh, PA Photovoltaics
Dirt Control, Bifacial albedo, Roads replacement Terra Pave Austin, TX Photovoltaics
Orison Energy Storage Enables Solar Orison Cody, WY Systems Integration
Phase-EQ for Distributing Solar in Communities Switched Source Vestal, NY Systems Integration
SolPavers-Elegant, Invisible, Low-cost, Safe Solar SolPavers New Braunfels, TX Photovoltaics
V-Clip: Fast, Secure, Reliable PV Panel Attachment Vespr Solar Norman, OK Photovoltaics

The American-Made Solar Prize Round 2 teams worked hard to prepare the pitch of their technology at Set! Demo Day, revisit their innovations and progress.


Round 2 Ready! Contest Semifinalists



Congratulations to all of the semifinalists from the Ready! Contest! Twenty teams across 14 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
>15kV Power Router (SST) DC coupled solar+storage Georgetown, TX Systems Integration
Asoleyo Decorative Solar Tiles Herndon, VA Photovoltaics
Back-contacted silicon modules at the cost of PERC Tempe, AZ Photovoltaics
Big Opportunities with Micro Solar Manufacturing Ashburn, VA Photovoltaics
Claremont Locally Grown Power Claremont, CA Photovoltaics
Continuous Silicon Wafer Production Pittsburgh, PA Photovoltaics
Cost-effective Commercial Solar Mountain View, CA Photovoltaics
Critical Network Infrastructure Support (CNIS) Tucson, AZ Systems Integration
CSP Trans-Critical Water Desalination Pittsburgh, PA CSP
Dirt Control, BiFacial reflect, Roads replacement Austin, TX Photovoltaics
Optimized Lithium Solar Storage Solution (Moon Shine) Winston-Salem, NC Systems Integration
Piranha System: Saving 1 Penny/Watt in PV Install Norman, OK Photovoltaics
Power Router for Distributing Solar in Communities Vestal, NY Systems Integration
Reliable and Low Cost Passive Solar Tracking Oxen Hill, MD Photovoltaics
SIGUE Smart off-grid PV energy management Hudson, OH Systems Integration
Solar-20 Ann Arbor, MI Systems Integration
SolPavers-Elegant, Invisible, Low-cost, Safe Solar New Braunfels, TX Photovoltaics
Sunlight-Shaping Solar Panels Seattle, WA Photovoltaics
The world's only self-installable energy storage Cody, WY Systems Integration
Zitara Battery Analytics Oakland, CA Systems Integration

Important dates for Round 2


  • Submission opens: March 22, 2019
  • Initial Ideation Submission Period deadline: July 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
    Ideation will stay open for new submissions throughout the competition. However, to receive a $1,000 recognition payment, the submission must be entered prior to this date.
  • Ready! Contest submission deadline: July 16, 2019 2:00 PM ET
  • Ready! Contest peer ranking: July 18 - 25, 2019 11:59 AM ET
  • Ready! winners announced and Set! and Go! Contests begin: September 2019
  • Set! Contest winners announced: March 30, 2020
  • Go! Contest winners announced: August 2020

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

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