US-based solar-panel robotics startup Brittmore bags $1M in government grant

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Mar 31, 2014 08:35 AM EDT

Brittmore Group has received a $1-million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to automate solar panel installations. The Silicon Valley startup uses robots in the installation, according to Fox Business.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bram Britcher said: "We developed a system for constructing the power plants very quickly and with a very small workforce... 2014 looks very good, and the next several years look very good. Costs continue to come down. I think there are situations already where renewable energy is equal [in cost] with fossil fuels, and I think it's going to be pretty widespread."

The Small Business Innovation Research grant is the second government grant that Brittmore has received. To date, the startup pocketed $1.5 million from the DOE. The company will use the new capital for the commercialization of its robotic installation, the report detailed.

Brittmore uses robots for the heavy lifting of solar panels. With a shuttling speed of 10 miles per hour, the startup's installation is 20 times faster than the conventional methods. Except for the government grants, Brittmore has been fully bootstrapped by its founders, Fox Business reported.

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