American-Made Challenges

Solar Prize Round 3

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 3 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
Evergrid: Keep solar power flowing when the grid is down Maxout Renewables Livermore, CA Systems Integration
Wattch - The OS For Modern Energy Companies Wattch Atlanta, GA Systems Integration

Round 3 Go! Demo Day



The American-Made Solar Prize Round 3 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 3 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. Round 1 Finalists and Semifinalists are eligible to compete in the Go! Contest.



entry title (listed alphabetically) team location subject area
Evergrid: Keep solar flowing when the grid is down Maxout Renewables Livermore, CA Systems Integration
JuiceBox: Integrated Portable Solar Microgrid Shine Technologies Claremont, CA Systems Integration
Low-Cost Parallel-Type DC Power Optimizer Enertronics Blacksburg, VA Systems Integration
Plug-and-play universal solar monitoring Verify Energy (Powerfly) Berkeley, CA Systems Integration
PowerBrain - infiniRel’s Inverter Health Analyzer infiniRel Corporation San Jose, CA Systems Integration
Pursuit Solar - More Power. Less Hassle. Pursuit Solar - More Power. Less Hassle. Denver, NC Photovoltaics
Robotics Changing the Landscape for Solar Farms Renu Robotics Corporation San Antonio, TX Photovoltaics
TrackerSled, Solar-assisted Drawdown TrackerSled Chicago, IL Photovoltaics
Uplift: Embedded Multifunction Power Electronics Uplift Solar Las Vegas, NV Systems Integration
Wattch - The OS for Modern Energy Companies Wattch Atlanta, GA Systems Integration

The American-Made Solar Prize Round 3 teams worked hard to prepare the pitch of their technology at Set! Demo Day, revisit their innovations and progress.


Round 3 Ready! Contest Semifinalists



Congratulations to all of the semifinalists from the Ready! Contest! Twenty teams across 11 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
Affordable Local Solar Storage via Utility VPP’s Parker, TX Systems Integration
Allbrand Solar Monitor Detroit, MI Systems Integration
Beyond Monitoring – Next Gen Software and Hardware Atlanta, GA Systems Integration
Democratizing Solar with AI Energy Management Houston, TX Systems Integration
Durable Antireflective and Self-Cleaning Glass Pittsburgh, PA Photovoltaics
Embedded, Multi-Function MPPT for Smart Modules Las Vegas, NV Systems Integration
Evergrid: Keep Solar Flowing when the Grid is Down Livermore, CA Systems Integration
Inverter Health Scan San Jose, CA Systems Integration
JuiceBox: Integrated Solar Electricity for Americans Transitioning out of Homelessness and Recovering from Natural Disasters Claremont, CA Systems Integration
Low-Cost Paralleled Connected DC Power Optimizer Blacksburg, VA Systems Integration
Powerfly: A Plug-and-play Solar Monitoring Device Berkeley, CA Systems Integration
Pursuit Solar - More Power. Less Hassle Denver, NC Photovoltaics
PV WaRD San Diego, CA Photovoltaics
Remotely Deployed Solar Arrays Charlottesville, VA Photovoltaics
Robotics Changing the Landscape for Solar Farms San Antonio, TX Photovoltaics
Simple-Assembly Storage Kit San Antonio, TX Photovoltaics
Solar for Snow Duluth, MN Photovoltaics
SolarWall Power Tower Buffalo, NY CSP
TrackerSled Chicago, IL Photovoltaics
Transparent Polymer Barrier Films for PV Bristol, PA Photovoltaics

Important dates for Round 3


  • Submission opens: September 24, 2019
  • Ready! Contest submission deadline: December 10, 2019 2:00 PM ET
  • Ready! Contest peer ranking: December 17, 2019
  • Ready! winners announced and Set! Contest begins: February 11, 2020
  • Set! Contest winners announced and Go! Contest begins: July 2020
  • Go! Contest winners announced: Estimated December 2020

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

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