(A) Not later than 9 months after October 24, 1992, the Secretary shall solicit proposals for projects under this section. The Secretary may make additional solicitations for proposals if the Secretary determines that such solicitations are necessary to carry out this section.
(B) A solicitation for proposals under this paragraph shall establish a closing date for receipt of proposals. The Secretary may, if necessary, extend the closing date for receipt of proposals for a period not to exceed 90 days.
(C) Each solicitation under this paragraph shall include a description of the criteria, developed by the Secretary, according to which proposals will be evaluated. In developing such criteria, the Secretary shall consider—
(i) the need for Federal involvement to commercialize the technology or speed commercialization of the technology;
(ii) the potential for the technology to have significant market penetration;
(iii) the potential energy efficiency gains or energy supply contributions of the technology;
(iv) potential environmental improvements associated with the technology;
(v) the export potential of the technology;
(vi) the likelihood that the proposal is technically sufficient to achieve the objective of the solicitation;
(vii) the degree to which non-Federal financial participation is involved in the proposal;
(viii) the business and financial history of the proposer or proposers; and
(ix) any other factor the Secretary considers appropriate.
(2) Project technologiesProjects under this section may include the following technologies:
(A) Conversion of cellulosic biomass to liquid fuels.
(B) Ethanol and ethanol byproduct processes.
(C) Direct combustion or gasification of biomass.
(D) Biofuels energy systems.
(E) Photovoltaics, including utility scale and remote applications.
(F) Solar thermal, including solar water heating.
(G) Wind energy.
(H) High temperature and low temperature geothermal energy.
(I) Fuel cells, including transportation and stationary applications.
(J) Nondefense high-temperature superconducting electricity technology.
(K) Source reduction technology.
(L) Factory-made housing.
(M) Advanced district cooling.
(3) Project selectionThe Secretary shall, within 120 days after the closing date established under paragraph (1)(B), select proposals to receive financial assistance under this section. In selecting proposals under this paragraph, the Secretary shall—
(A) consider each proposal’s ability to meet the criteria developed pursuant to paragraph (1)(C); and
(B) attempt to achieve technological and geographic diversity.