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January 16, 2014
The installation of this 2,244-panel photovoltaic system on Pinnacle Charter School in Denver, Colorado was fully funded by 456 American investors in 10 days. The project is expected to save the school $1.6 million in electricity costs over the next ten years.| Photo courtesy of Mosaic
Simplifying Solar Project Financing

Sunshot Incubator awardees such as Mosaic are revolutionizing America's solar landscape and helping the nation move to cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy that lower costs for consumers.

December 2, 2013
Soft costs now account for more than 60% of the total price of installing residential solar energy systems. <a href="">View the full infographic to learn more</a>.
Help Solve Solar’s Big Challenge

The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative is working to lower soft costs – such as permitting, customer acquisition, and operations – in order to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020. Find out how you can help.

October 22, 2013
Workers from Clean Power Research review a software platform that aims to lower the costs associated with connecting distributed solar electricity generation to the grid. The platform is one of several projects funded through the Energy Department’s SunShot Incubator Program, which provides early-stage assistance to help small businesses cross technological barriers to commercialization.  | Photo courtesy of Clean Power Research
From Mind to Marketplace: SunShot Incubator’s Latest Protégés Get to Work

The SunShot Initiative has announced the eighth class of Incubator awardees, which include some of the solar industry’s best and brightest. This work supports SunShot’s goal to help American families and businesses switch to solar electricity by making it fully cost-competitive with non-renewable forms of electricity by the end of the decade.

September 19, 2013
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A Clean Energy Revolution -- Now

Critics often say America's clean energy future will “always be five years away.” For four key clean energy technologies, that clean energy future has already arrived.

September 17, 2013
#CleanTechNow: America’s Clean Energy Revolution

A new Energy Department report shows how cost reductions and product improvements have sparked a surge in consumer demand for wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles and LED lighting.

August 21, 2013
Solar Classroom Update: Making Clean Energy Upgrades a Back-to-School Priority

From solar installations to air sealing, a guide to investing in clean energy upgrades for schools.

July 24, 2013
Students and instructors at Oglala Lakota College designed, connected and built a mobile solar energy system over the course of two days. | Photo courtesy of Oglala Lakota College.
Sioux Students Kindle Solar Knowledge

How one U.S. army veteran's interest in solar energy created opportunities and possibilities for an entire community.

July 8, 2013
Solar Impulse Lands in New York

Solar Impulse has made history by finishing a cross-country journey across America. Watch breathtaking shots of this solar-powered plane in flight.

July 3, 2013
The Solar Classroom Lesson Plan

Summer activities for parents, teachers and kids to expand their solar energy knowledge.

January 16, 2013
SunShot Incubator Inspires Solar Energy Visionaries

New funding opportunity targets the "best and brightest" of the solar community.

September 4, 2012
The NYC Solar Map allows users to estimate the solar energy potential for every building in New York City’s five boroughs.
The Bright Lights in New York Could Be Solar

Interactive map shows potential for rooftop solar in New York City.

August 28, 2012
A concentrating solar power system in Albuquerque, New Mexico. | Photo by Randy Montoya/Sandia National Laboratory.
University Teams Lead Innovative Solar Research Projects

Creating the next-generation of high-performance heat transfer fluids for concentrated solar power systems.

July 26, 2012
William Parish from Solar Mosaic, one of nine solar startups chosen for the latest round of SunShot Incubator funding, discusses his company’s project with Energy Secretary Steven Chu at the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Denver, Colorado. | Photo by John De La Rosa.
Solar Companies Go for the Gold with SunShot Incubator

In the global race towards solar energy leadership -- who stands to come out on top?

June 22, 2012
Installing a concentrating solar power system in Gila Bend, Arizona. The curved  mirrors are tilted toward the sun, focusing sunlight on tubes that run the length of the mirrors. The reflected sunlight heats a fluid flowing through the tubes. The hot fluid then is used to boil water in a conventional steam-turbine generator to produce electricity. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder.
Top 6 Things You Didn't Know About Solar Energy

Counting down our list of top things you didn't know about solar energy -- read on for more on the most abundant energy resource known to mankind.

June 13, 2012
Energy Secretary Steven Chu gives the keynote address at the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Denver, Colorado. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder/NREL.
SunShot Grand Challenge Highlights Ambitious Efforts along the Entire Solar Spectrum

Today at the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Denver, Energy Secretary Steven Chu lauded progress in driving down the cost of solar.

June 4, 2012
SLIDESHOW: Solar Industry At Work

To kickoff our Solar Industry At Work series, we've put together a slideshow of America's solar workforce on the job and in their element.

May 23, 2012
The Energy Department's SunShot Initiative focuses on making solar electricity cost-competitive by the end of the decade. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder/NREL.
SunShot Shoots for the Moon with First Grand Challenge Event

We invite you to join us for The SunShot Initiative Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum, where we will discuss our progress in driving down the cost of solar technologies, June 13–14, in Denver, Colorado.

February 2, 2012
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy offers a variety of internships, fellowships, and scholarships in addition to the postdoctoral research awards. Current SunShot fellows pose in front of the Apollo Lunar Module at the National Air and Space Museum. | Energy Department file photo.
Tapping Top University Draft Picks to Engineer Solar Championships

On January 20th, the Energy Department announced two university research opportunities to advance the SunShot Initiative.

November 4, 2010
Sen. Menendez, Rep. Pascrell, John Lushetsky and other officials at the ribbon cutting.
Largest Solar Panel Installation at a U.S. University Goes Live

John Lushetsky, Program Manager of the Solar Technologies Program at the Energy Department, shares his thoughts on the recent ribbon cutting event for the largest solar installation on a United States university campus.

May 10, 2010
Five Iowa schools will receive rooftop solar panels this summer to help teach students about the technology | File Photo
Solar Panels to Help Iowa Students Learn About Renewable Energy

Learning about the sun’s power is just as important as harnessing it. New solar panels to be installed on the rooftops of five Iowa middle schools will give students hands-on experience with the technology and help offset some energy costs.