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The ARENA Solar ScaleUp Challenge aims to identify breakthrough innovations from all over the world and bring together the key stakeholders needed to commercialise and scale them. Challenge is structured around three critical focus areas that can drive towards our goals of reducing costs and unlocking scaleup opportunities for solar PV. A submission may include one or more focus areas:

  • Reduce ‘balance of plant’ and installation costs and timelines
  • Reduce operations and maintenance costs
  • Reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) in other ways
  • ScaleUp enablers

Deadlines and Timings

The challenge applications come in three phases. Phase one calls for applications for the challenge and will close on 14 August 2024.

Phase two is a by invitation only.  This is where submissions are selected for TeamUp and Showcase events and will be released on 11 September.

Phase three is for the ARENA grant for those who would pass the screening in phase two.

Overview and Grant Amount

The aim of this $100m challenge is to stimulate greater innovation and collaboration in the solar sector – particularly in installation, operations and maintenance — enabling ARENA to realise its ultra low-cost solar (ULCS) vision.

The following areas are in scope for the Solar ScaleUp Challenge:

  • Project types: Late-stage prototypes, pilots, demonstrations and deployment projects, which could include feasibility activities as part of the Project.
  • Applications: We are focused on utility-scale solar PV applications. However, smaller-scale projects could include behind-the-meter applications and may be either grid connected or off-grid applications.
  • Innovations from another industry that could be adapted: Market-leading innovations currently used in other industries that can be adapted for solar farm applications.
  • First-of-a-kind Australian trials of overseas technology: Innovative technology not yet demonstrated in Australia.
  • Hybrid projects: Integrated or co-located assets such as solar, storage and wind may be in scope.

The following areas are considered out of scope for the Solar ScaleUp Challenge:

  • Lab research and proof-of-concept prototype development: Projects must have completed an initial prototype (Technology Readiness Level 4) to be considered for the grant.
  • Manufacturing facilities:The Challenge is not focused on large-scale manufacturing or feasibility and detailed engineering designs relating to these facilities. This is the focus of ARENA’s Solar Sunshot Program. However, projects may include a pilot manufacturing component.
  • Non ground-mounted applications: While a subset of the technologies may ultimately be used in other applications, rooftop, floating, wearable or building integrated solar projects are out of scope.
  • Other forms of renewable energy:The focus is exclusively on solar photovoltaics. Others are out of scope, such as solar thermal or standalone storage and wind projects.

Eligibility and Criteria

The Solar ScaleUp Challenge is looking to bring together innovators with all the key stakeholders needed to commercialise and deploy new technologies. Submissions from global participants in various sectors are encouraged:

  • Innovators and technology developers
  • Developers, engineers, and constructors of solar farms
  • Owner or operator of solar farms
  • Electricity customers
  • Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Financiers
  • Other contributors (e.g., landowner or local community with a large piece of land)

Whether you are a standalone organisation, an existing multi-disciplinary team, or an organisation looking to partner with others, you are strongly encouraged to apply. Projects that are ultimately funded by ARENA need to take place in Australia, however, project partners can be based anywhere in the world.

Interested parties are encouraged to thoroughly read the program guidelines and FAQ set by the funding grant. Submissions must be lodged through the program online portal.

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