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Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track

The Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track offers $3 million in cash prizes to competitors over three progressive contests.
stage:
Enter
prize:
$3,000,000
Overview

Challenge Overview

Solar Prize Round 5

The American-Made Solar Prize is a prize competition designed to energize U.S. solar innovation 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.

Rounds 1 through 4 of the Solar Prize focused on solar manufacturing and hardware components. The Solar Prize Round 5 is structured with two tracks that focus separately on hardware and software components to allow more entrepreneurs to compete in the solar innovation space.

Hardware Track

The fifth round of the Solar Prize is designed to spur more solar innovation than ever before by splitting participants into two separate technology-focused tracks. The Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track offers $3 million in cash prizes over three progressive contests to competitors who are developing physical solar innovations that energize U.S. manufacturing. 

Why a Hardware Track? 

The Solar Prize has always placed an emphasis on manufacturing solar innovation in the United States. After four successful rounds focusing primarily on tangible technologies, the prize administrators decided to split Round 5 into two tracks—the Hardware Track and the Software Track. Both follow the same prize structure but allow competitors to stay in different lanes to bring both hardware and software products closer to market. 

If your solar innovation focuses on a physical component, manufacturing process, or producible product, the Hardware Track is for you. Learn more by viewing the official rules.

The Solar Prize Contests

The Solar Prize encourages the rapid development of innovative solar energy solutions capable of addressing the tough challenges facing the solar industry. Solar Prize competitors participate in three contests—the Ready! Set! and Go! Contests to transform their ideas into concepts and then early-stage prototypes ready for industry testing. 

The Hardware Track offers $3 million in cash prizes, plus additional support vouchers and connections to national laboratories and industry resources. 

Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

Please review the official rules  for the complete application process and instructions for competing.

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Timeline

Challenge Timeline

start
June 10, 2021, 12:19 p.m. PDT
Date Launched
June 10, 2021, 1 p.m. PDT
Enter
Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Ready Contest Submission Opens
June 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m. PDT
You are here
Oct. 5, 2021, 2 p.m. PDT
Submission Deadline
Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Ready Contest Submission Deadline at 5 PM ET.
Oct. 11, 2021, 6 a.m. PDT
Judging
Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Ready Contest Expert Review Opens
Oct. 25, 2021, 2 p.m. PDT
Judging Closed
Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Ready Contest Expert Review Closes
Dec. 10, 2021, 8 a.m. PST
Won
Anticipated Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Ready Contest Winner Announcement
Dec. 10, 2021, 9 a.m. PST
Anticipated R5 Hardware Track Set Contest Opens
Anticipated Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Set Contest Submission Opens
March 25, 2022, 7 a.m. PDT
Anticipated R5 Hardware Track Set Contest Supplementary Event
Anticipated Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Set Contest Supplementary Event
April 6, 2022, 2 p.m. PDT
Anticipated R5 Hardware Track Set Contest Submission Deadline
Anticipated Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Set Contest Submission Deadline at 5 PM ET.
April 20, 2022, 6 a.m. PDT
Anticipated R5 Hardware Track Set Contest Demo Day
Anticipated Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Set Contest Demo Day
April 21, 2022, 10 a.m. PDT
Anticipated R5 Hardware Track Set Contest Winner Announcement
Anticipated Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Set Contest Winner Announcement
April 21, 2022, noon PDT
Anticipated R5 Hardware Track Go Contest Opens
Anticipated Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Go Contest Submission Opens
Sept. 1, 2022, 2 p.m. PDT
Anticipated R5 Hardware Track Go Contest Deadline
Anticipated Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Go Contest Submission Deadline at 5 PM ET.
Sept. 20, 2022, 6 a.m. PDT
Anticipated R5 Hardware Track Go Contest Demo Day
Anticipated Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Go Contest Submission Demo Day
finish
Sept. 21, 2022, 10 a.m. PDT
Anticipated R5 Hardware Track Go Contest Winner Announcement
Anticipated Solar Prize Round 5 Hardware Track Go Contest Winner Announcement
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