Halfway into the decade-long SunShot Initiative, the nation is nearly 70% of the way to achieving SunShot’s affordability goal to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020. Solar energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, and 2014 was a record breaking year for solar – deployment was up 40% over 2013, employment was up 22% year-over-year to 174,000 total solar workers, and solar represented 32% of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. There is now enough installed solar capacity in the United States to power the equivalent of four million average-sized American homes.
SunShot plays a crucial role in the growth of U.S. solar energy, partnering with more than 350 awardees to accomplish the goal of making solar cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. Below are success stories from just a few of the SunShot partners. Select an awardee to learn more.