The Research and Development (R & D) Programme supports renewable energy technologies that will increase the commercial deployment of renewable energy technology in Australia. The first round of the R & D Program focused on Solar Excellence and 2014 awarded A$21.5 million in funding to 12 projects ranging from enhancing existing technologies to advancing emerging technologies in solar photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal and solar storage. The second round, which took place in 2015, promoted industry and research collaborations to develop, commercialise and integrate renewable energy into networks, buildings and industrial processess. This round awarded $17 milllion of funding to 9 projects. This funding, in addition to contributions from both private and public sector, amounted to a combined project value of more than $54 million. ARENA has indicated its intention for the next funding round to relate to advancing solar PV research and development.