North America Smart Energy Week


September 11-14, 2023
The Venetian Convention and Expo Center Las Vegas, NV

American-Made Solar Prize

See the Next Big Thing in Solar Innovation

You’re invited to join the U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory on Tuesday, Sept. 20 for a two-part event focused on the entrepreneurs and innovators changing the solar landscape: The American-Made Solar Prize Finals!

View the full list of finalists.

Plus, stop by Booths #3692 and #3592 in the RE+ Expo Hall all week to learn how you can compete in the Solar Prize Round 6  and other American-Made Challenges.

American-Made Events

American-Made Solar Prize Pitch Showcase
Sept. 20, 2-3:30 p.m., Grid Edge Theater

For almost a year, entrepreneurs across the country have accelerated their innovative solar solutions through the Solar Prize Round 5. They’ve turned ideas into inventions; proposals to prototypes.

Now, finalist teams are pitching their technologies to the solar industry. Watch these ingenious innovators compete for part of $1.4 million—you just might find the next startup to revolutionize the solar industry.

American-Made Solar Prize Winner Announcement
Sept. 20, 5-6 p.m., Grid Edge Theater

Tune in to find out which teams and technologies have been deemed the "next big thing" in solar! With guest speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, we’ll announce the winning teams from the American-Made Solar Prize Round 5. More than $1.4 million will be awarded to startups for their innovations that are changing the solar industry as we know it. Plus, stick around for a celebration after the winner announcement!

About the Solar Prize Round 6

The American-Made Solar Prize Round 6  is a $4.1 million prize competition designed to energize U.S. solar innovation through a series of contests that accelerate the entrepreneurial process from years to months. Competitors leverage the American-Made Network, our innovation engine of more than 250 organizations, including world-class experts at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 national labs, clean tech accelerators, incubators, universities, facilities, and more.

Visit Booth #3692 during RE+ to learn more about the competition and how you can earn part of $4.1 million in prizes.
Submissions are due Oct. 6!