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Materials, Operation, and Recycling of Photovoltaics (MORE PV)

Federal Agency


Solar Energy and Technologies Office (SETO)


To support multi-stakeholder collaborations to reduce material usage, improve installation quality and resilience of PV systems, and address handling of PV systems at the end of life. The FOA calls for diverse teams to assess impact of the developed technologies on all the life stages of PV systems in terms of energy use, cost, and environmental impact.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

There are two topic areas for funding. Topic area 1 is called MORE Connection: Connecting PV Materials, Design, Installation, Performance, and End of Life and it is specifically focused on the design of PV systems Topic Area 2 is called Solar Partnership to Advance Recycling and Circularity (Solar PARC). Teams from institutions of higher education, for-profit entities, non-profit entities, state and local government, and Tribal entities are encouraged to apply.

Decarbonization Considerations

The focus of this FOA is to support technology improvements to reduce material use, optimize system design and operation, and minimize waste with a holistic view of all the stages of PV lifecycle—from the material needs and installation to operation and end of life. In this way, this program can reduce the impact of manufacturing PVs, and can increase the production of PVs simultaneously.

Equity Considerations

Prime recipients must be Institutions of higher education; For-profit entities; Nonprofit entities; or State and local governmental entities and Indian Tribes.

Helpful Tips

DOE is compiling a "Teaming Partner List" to facilitate the formation of project teams for this FOA. The Teaming Partner List allows organizations that may wish to participate on a project to express their interest to other applicants and explore potential partnerships.

Other Notes


Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

September 13, 2023 (Concept Paper); November 28, 2023 (Full Application)

Funding Available


Max Award Amount

$2-4 million for topic area 1, $8 million for topic area 2

Expected Allocations

3-6 projects for Topic area 1, 1 project for topic area 2

Average Award (Estimated)

Depends on topic area

Matching Funds

0-20% cost share required depending on topic area

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