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July 19, 2016
White House Launches Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative

Today the White House announced the Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative, which aims to ensure that every American family can choose to go solar and to cut their energy bills – and that every American community has the tools they need to tackle local air pollution and global climate change. Read the fact sheet here.

July 12, 2016
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Five SunShot Catalyst Startups Win Final Prizes of Competition

Five Catalyst startups have received an additional $260,000 to boost their solar innovations and reduce soft costs making going solar easier, faster and cheaper for all Americans. Six months after Demo Day in Philadelphia, each team has demonstrated progress in meeting the targets and goals they identified in the seed round of the Catalyst Incubation contest. Prize awards are as follows:

July 11, 2016
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Becoming SolSmart: Communities Strive for Solar Friendly Designation

By adopting solar friendly practices, like streamlining the permitting process and providing online resources for local solar development, communities position themselves for greater solar investment opportunities. A new SunShot funded program called SolSmart aims to capitalize on this effort by recognizing communities who make it faster and easier to go solar.

May 25, 2016
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SunShot Prize Teams Meet First Milestone, Win Cash

On May 25, 2016 at Solar Power Southeast, the Energy Department named the Northern and Central California SunShot Alliance, the Connecticut Permit to Plug-in Team, and Sunrun teams SunShot Prize Change Champions.

May 18, 2016
New Study Examines Progress toward SunShot Initiative Goals, Identifies Emerging Solar Energy R&D Opportunities for 2020 and Beyond

Energy Department releases the On the Path to SunShot reports, a series of eight research papers examining the state of the U.S. solar energy industry and the progress made to date toward the SunShot Initiative’s goal to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by 2020.

May 17, 2016
Energy Department Launches Five New Solar Ready Vets Training Locations, Announces $10 Million for National Solar Training Programs

Energy Department announces five additional military bases will join Solar Ready Vets, a solar jobs training program that prepares service members for careers in the solar industry when they leave active duty, and awards $10 million to 10 new projects through its Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) funding program, which was created to help meet the solar industry’s growing demand for well-qualified, highly skilled installers and other industry-related professionals.

May 2, 2016
Energy Department Announces $25 Million to Accelerate Integration of Solar Energy into Nation’s Electrical Grid

New Funding Opportunity Announcement will Support Companies Working to Modernize the Grid

April 28, 2016
SunShot Announces New Job Openings

Our office is hiring multiple solar energy technology managers to fill vacancies on the Photovoltaics, Concentrating Solar Power, Technology to Market, and Systems Integration teams.

Solar Energy technology managers are responsible for managing funding opportunity announcements, which includes developing concepts, planning workshops, organizing merit reviews, and collaborating with contracting officers. In addition, technology managers monitor and evaluate technology portfolios to ensure that projects are making progress on pre-established goals and deliverables and make recommendations to the program manager on use of project funding.

April 21, 2016
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Million Solar Strong: U.S. Hits Millionth Solar Energy Installation

Today GreenTech Media announced that the U.S. solar energy industry passed 1 million installations sometime around the end of February. This news comes as solar continues to represent a major and growing share of the new generation that comes online across the U.S.

April 15, 2016
Energy Department Announces $4 Million for Projects Launching the Orange Button Solar Energy Data Initiative

The Energy Department today announced nearly $4 million for projects to increase access to solar data.

April 11, 2016
New Fannie Mae Energy Program Helps Americans Go Solar

Fannie Mae has released a new program that will enable more Americans to invest in energy efficiency, which includes solar. The HomeStyle Energy Program is a new mortgage option that gives borrowers the ability to complete clean energy upgrades up to 15% of the as-completed appraised property value of the home.

April 1, 2016
New Tax Regulations Help Further Low Income Solar

Newly published regulations from the IRS will help more low-income residents benefit from solar installations. The IRS issued temporary rules to clarify the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit’s (LIHTC) utility allowance regulations, which allow people who fall into the low-income category to receive a tax credit.

March 25, 2016
SunShot’s National Laboratory Projects Target Grid Integration Challenges

National Laboratories are tackling systems integration challenges through the SunShot National Laboratory Multiyear Partnership (SuNLaMP) funding program. These research and development projects will enable hundreds of gigawatts of solar energy to be integrated reliably and cost-effectively onto the U.S. electric power grid.

March 10, 2016
SunShot Initiative Launches New Fellowship Program

The Energy Department today announced the SunShot Innovator-in-Residence Fellowship Program, which is available to professionals at all of the Department’s national laboratories who have demonstrated outstanding and distinguished success in technology innovation across various fields. This new program will complement other fellowships available to exceptional scientists, engineers, researchers, and managers. People with experience outside of solar energy are strongly encouraged to apply.

February 8, 2016
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Energy Department Announces $21 Million to Lower Solar Energy Deployment Barriers

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $21 million in new funding to lower solar energy deployment barriers and expand access to solar energy to all Americans.

January 19, 2016
Energy Department Announces $18 Million to Develop Solar Energy Storage Solutions, Boost Grid Resiliency

As part of the Energy Department’s Grid Modernization Initiative announced by Secretary Ernest Moniz last week to improve the resiliency, reliability and security of the nation’s electrical power grid, DOE today announced $18 million in funding for six new projects across the United States.

December 14, 2015
Philadelphia Mayor Nutter welcomed teams to Philadelphia, which he is trying to make the "Greenest City in America"
Seven Teams Win Big at Catalyst Energy Innovation Demo Day

The Energy Department today announced the seven winners of the second round of the Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize Demo Day, which were chosen out of 19 finalist startups. Each of the contestants faced a diverse panel of judges and an audience of nearly 100 local and regional innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors as they demonstrated their energy software solutions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 10th. Winners will receive up to $100,000 each to help advance their early-stage solutions toward commercialization.

November 16, 2015
Energy Department Announces Nearly $23 Million in Awards to Bring New Solar Technologies to Market

In support of President Obama’s comprehensive efforts to combat climate change and develop low-carbon alternatives to traditional electricity sources, the Energy Department today announced $22.7 million for 23 projects that will significantly reduce the costs for solar energy systems across a variety of technologies.

November 13, 2015
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Secretary Moniz Announces Clean Energy Technologies are Accelerating in the U.S. Marketplace According to New Revolution…Now Report

Secretary Moniz Announces Clean Energy Technologies are Accelerating in the U.S. Marketplace According to New Revolution…Now Report

September 16, 2015
Energy Department Announces $102 Million to Tackle Solar Challenges, Expand Access to Clean Electricity

Energy Department announces more than $102 million in new projects and available funding to support American leadership in clean energy innovation.

September 11, 2015
The Energy Department's SunShot Catalyst prize winners from the competition’s first cycle pose with their awards. | Photo Courtesy of NREL.
Catalyst Business Innovation Finalists Announced

The second cycle of the Catalyst prize program is taking off with today's announcement of the finalists who will enter the prototyping contest. The finalists were selected following the business innovation contest, designed to help teams form and explore business solutions to the most compelling problems facing solar energy.

August 26, 2015
Energy Department Announces up to $4 Million for 2017 and 2019 Solar Decathlon Program Administrator

In support of President Obama's commitment to a clean energy future, the Energy Department today announced up to $4 million in funding available to one recipient to organize, manage, and conduct the Solar Decathlon competitions in 2017 and 2019. This funding will support the Department’s commitment to improving the nation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education efforts, and to building a more knowledge-intensive workforce.

August 26, 2015
Energy Department Opens Competition to Select Student Teams for Solar Decathlon 2017

In support of President Obama’s commitment to a clean energy workforce, the Energy Department today announced for the first time that up to $2 million in prize money will be awarded to collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. Colleges, universities, and other post-secondary educational institutions are welcome to submit proposals, which are reviewed, scored, and ranked based on a merit review process.

August 18, 2015
Solar Powered Bike Visits the Department of Energy

Marissa Muller set out on a mission to ignite a wellness revolution across America. She successfully travel 3,000+ miles on a solar-powered bicycle, visiting many states along the way and holding meetings to engage locals, encouraging them to take action on improving their physical, mental, social, and enviornmental well-being.

August 12, 2015
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Latest Report Shows Cost of Going Solar has Dropped Significantly for 5 Years

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab today released the eighth installment of the Tracking the Sun report series, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. The report shows that the installed price of distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States continues to fall precipitously, especially in the last 5 years.