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  • Start date

    11 December 2019

  • Closing date

    26 February 2020

How to Apply for Funding

Step 1 - Read the program guidelines
  • Program Guidelines: Addressing solar PV end-of-life issues and lowering the cost of solar PV

    ARENA is providing up to $15 million to support R&D to address end-of-life issues for solar PV panels, as well as lowering their cost.

    This opportunity is open for expressions of interest until Wednesday 26 February 2020, 5.00 pm AEDT.

    All applicants will be notified in writing in early April as to whether they have been successful or unsuccessful in the EOI stage. Only successful applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application.

    This is a competitive Round under ARENA’s Research and Development Program, open to applications for Projects with a Technology Readiness Level of 2-4 (inclusive) at the time of applying.

    Four priority areas

    The Round has four priority areas and applicants must select one as their focus:

    1.End of life: New solutions, including improved upfront solar PV panel designs and end of life processing, that increase the cost-effectiveness of sustainable end of life management of solar PV panels. Solutions that are not specifically addressing solar PV panel end of life issues are excluded. Collection of solar panels and associated logistics are excluded from ARENA funding.

    2.Advanced silicon: Improvements to the overall cost-effectiveness of silicon-based panels already in mass-market production, and their production processes. Testing or analysis that is not part of the manufacturing process is excluded.

    This opportunity is now closed. ARENA is no longer accepting EOIs.

  • Four priority areas continued

    3.Tandem silicon: Increasing the cost-effectiveness of silicon-based solar PV through the use of tandem materials.

    4.New materials: Development of new materials with the potential to either reach breakthrough cost-efficiencies, or the potential for new deployment applications.

    Other eligibility criteria also apply, please read the program guidelines carefully before beginning your application.


    ARENA held two information sessions via webinar. Questions asked during the sessions have also been added to the FAQ document.

    More information

    For additional queries email

Step 2 - Observe the key dates
  • Key dates
    • Expression of Interest opens 11 December 2019 until 26 February 2020, 5.00 pm AEDT
    • Full applications open to invited applicants from early April 2020 for six weeks
    • Successful applicants expected to be notified in July 2020
    • Negotiation and finalisation of Funding Agreement expected to be completed by September 2020

    This opportunity is now closed. ARENA is no longer accepting EOIs.

Step 3 - Prepare your response
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