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Audit Report: OAS-M-11-02

March 22, 2011

Solar Technology Pathway Partnerships Cooperative Agreements

The Department of Energy's (Department) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy established the Solar Technology Pathway Partnerships (Solar TPP) program as part of an effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015. The program focused on new solar energy photovoltaic systems. To implement the program, the Department, beginning in 2007, established cooperative agreements with 12 for-profit financial assistance recipients who in turn established partnerships with universities, non-profit organizations, and the Department's national laboratories. To date, cooperative agreements with 9 of the 12 original recipients remain active. Of the three cooperative agreements that had been discontinued, two were terminated due to concerns about their viability and the other recipient withdrew before beginning work.

Topic: Financial Assistance