The American-Made Solar Prize is a prize competition from the U.S. Department of Energy that is designed to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing. The competition aims to support the growth of U.S. solar manufacturing and reenergize American energy innovation by tapping into American’s competitive spirit and the nation’s unparalleled innovation ecosystem.
Through a series of three contests, innovators from across the country work to transform big ideas into concepts and then prototypes ready for industry testing on a condensed timeline. The Solar Prize offers competitors $3 million in cash prizes and support from the American-Made Network, helping connect entrepreneurs to national labs, industry experts, facilities, and other resources they need to succeed.
Through the American-Made Network, the world’s best-in-class national laboratory research base is combined with an unparalleled entrepreneurial support system consisting of pioneering fabrication facilities, energy incubators, and other valuable resources. Together, they support competitors in the Solar Prize to create a sweeping portfolio of innovations primed for private investment and commercial scale up.