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Solar Demonstration Zone Project Seeks Technical Innovations; RFI Submittals Due April 2

March 17, 2010

The Solar Demonstration Zone Project is a new Request for Information (RFI) issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Program. The purpose of the project is to facilitate the development of a cluster of projects in the Southwest United States that “showcase” new advanced solar technologies. The technologies should exceed an innovation threshold of what has already been deployed at a commercial scale in the United States.  Some of the anticipated technologies may include the following:

  • High-temperature troughs
  • Low-cost thermal storage
  • Low water-consuming operations
  • Innovative power conversion cycles
  • Low-cost reflectors, concentrators, or heliostats
  • Concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems.


Check out how to apply (130 KB) and review more information on the RFI.  (In the Search Criteria dropdown, select “Reference Number,” and in the Search box, type “DE-FOA-0000303”).  Responses to this RFI must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 2, 2010.


The Solar Demonstration Zone Project will consist of two phases:

  • Phase I will focus on sub-commercial-scale demonstrations of systems using new concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies that will provide technical and financial validation sufficient for these technologies to attract conventional financing.  DOE will provide funding with a 50% cost-share requirement for these projects.
  • Phase II will consist of commercial-scale projects, which will build off of the Phase I sub-commercial-scale demonstrations. In addition to conventional financing, these projects may also be eligible for DOE Loan Guarantees and other federal incentives.


For both phases, DOE will provide specific site development resources (e.g., roads, transmission, security, water), as well as technical assistance and access to high solar resource land.  In addition to CSP technologies, other large-scale technologies—such as CPV systems—would be eligible for project development through the Solar Demonstration Zone Project.




—Karen Atkison