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This Lakewood, Colorado home was built in 1956. Brent and Mo Nelson upgraded the home with multiple solar technologies including; daylighting, passive solar and active solar. They also have an 80 gallon solar hot water heater. Learn more about <a href="/node/611881">solar energy for the home</a>. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

This Lakewood, Colorado home was built in 1956. Brent and Mo Nelson upgraded the home with multiple solar technologies including; daylighting, passive solar and active solar. They also have an 80 gallon solar hot water heater. Learn more about solar energy for the home. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The tremendous growth in the U.S. solar industry is helping to pave the way to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. Over the past few years, the cost of a solar energy system has dropped significantly -- helping to give more American families and business access to affordable, clean energy.

Through a portfolio of R&D efforts, including the SunShot Initiative, the Energy Department remains committed to leveraging America’s abundant solar energy resources -- driving research, manufacturing and market solutions to support widespread expansion of the nation’s solar market.

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Celebrating the Completion of the World's Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant

Traveling west for the dedication of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

Top 6 Things You Didn't Know About Solar Energy
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.

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.

Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Concentrating Solar Power
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Sharing our top facts tied to one the most important players in the utility-scale solar industry.

Solar, Wind, Hydropower: Home Renewable Energy Installations
This Lakewood, Colorado home was built in 1956. Brent and Mo Nelson upgraded the home with multiple solar technologies including; daylighting, passive solar and active solar. They also have an 80 gallon solar hot water heater. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

A guide to figuring out if solar, wind or other small renewable energy system is right for you.