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Winners Of First Round Of SunShot’s Catalyst Prize Competition Announced

The 5 winners of the first round of the SunShot Initiative’s Catalyst prize competition were recently announced at a ceremony in San Francisco. The 5 winners — which were chosen out of a field of 17 finalists — were chosen based on their successful demonstrations of solar energy software solutions.

The startups demonstrated their solutions live before the crowd at the ceremony on May 14 — before receiving checks for $30,000 (each) intended to help along the path to commercialization.

Without further to do, here are the 5 aforementioned winners:

  • Gridmates — Leverages peer-to-peer energy sharing to combat energy poverty.
  • PVComplete — Offers comprehensive solar project design software for solar salespeople that is compatible with the systems used by solar energy system engineers, roofers, and contractors.
  • Savenia Solar Ratings — Quantifies the value of solar energy systems for homeowners and installers.
  • Solar Site Design — Sells qualified solar energy development projects to solar equipment manufacturers, suppliers, engineering firms, and finance companies.
  • UtilityAPI — Automates utility data acquisition for solar companies so they can accurately size solar energy systems for customers based on their previous electricity usage.

It should be noted here that these winners are also eligible to get up to $70,000 more (each) following the completion of product development milestones, as set via agreement with the Energy Department and the judges of the competition.

A bit of background here:

“The SunShot Catalyst prize program is designed to address the challenges to ubiquitous, affordable solar energy deployment by connecting American innovators to the tools, capabilities, data assets, and resources developed by the Energy Department and its national laboratories. The competition leverages each of these assets to launch cutting-edge solar companies and tackle time-sensitive market challenges.”

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.


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