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December 11, 2012
Tribal Renewable Energy Foundational Course: Solar

Watch the DOE Office of Indian Energy foundational course webinar on solar renewable energy by clicking on the .swf link below. You can also download the PowerPoint slides and a text version of the audio.

December 7, 2012
Solar Junction, in partnership with NREL, has developed solar cells that reach a record-breaking 44 percent efficiency -- meaning that more than 40 percent of the sunlight the solar cells are exposed to is converted into electrical energy. In this photo, an operator inspects a photolithography tool used to manufacture these solar cells. | Photo by Daniel Derkacs/SolarJunction.
Photo of the Week: Record-Breaking Solar Cells

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December 4, 2012
The Energy Department is gathering input on solar designation programs that could one day help consumers recognize the best products and services that the solar industry has to offer. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder/NREL.
Good, Better, Best: Designing a Designation Program for Solar

Asking for your feedback on simplifying the solar installation process.

November 28, 2012
With a grant from the Energy Department's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, the community of Ocean View, Delaware, installed a carport-mounted solar array that is saving taxpayers money on town utility bills. | Photo courtesy of the Town of Ocean View.
Delaware Community Saves with Solar

Thanks to a grant from the Energy Department's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, a community in Delaware was able to install a solar array that is saving taxpayer's money on town utility bills.

October 26, 2012
What do butterflies and solar cell research have in common? Both have been developing tiny crystals that selectively reflect colors. Over millions of years of evolution, butterfly wings have developed the tiny crystal nanostructures that give butterflies their vivid colors. At Argonne National Laboratory, scientists are working to manufacture these crystals, which could one day be used to create "greener" and more efficient paints, fiber optics and solar cells. In this photo, the iridescent scales of an emerald-patched Cattleheart butterfly are magnified 20 times to highlight the crystals that selectively reflect green colors. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Butterflies, Crystal Nanostructures and Solar Cell Research

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October 15, 2012
A portion of the new 141 kilowatt solar photovoltaic energy system at Monterey County’s Laurel Yard Complex in Salinas, California. The system is expected to save the county thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. <a href="http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/monterey-california-solar-array-panorama.jpg">Click here</a> to see a panoramic view of the entire solar array. | Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz Westside Electric, DBA Sandbar.
Solar Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California

A new solar panel array at Monterey County's Laurel Yard Complex is expected to save the county thousands of dollars a year in energy costs.

October 5, 2012
The preamplifiers of the National Ignition Facility are the first step in increasing the energy of laser beams as they make their way toward the target chamber. NIF recently achieved a 500 terawatt shot - 1,000 times more power than the United States uses at any instant in time. | Photo by Damien Jemison/LLNL
Top Things You Didn’t Know About the Energy Department: Part Two

The second half our "top things you didn't know about the Energy Department" series.

October 3, 2012
Members of the community gathered to celebrate the opening of the Aztec Calendar Pavilion, the first renewable energy education project in El Paso, Texas. | Photo courtesy of the City of El Paso.
Increasing Solar Energy Awareness in El Paso

The City of El Paso, Texas, celebrates the opening of its first renewable energy education project.

September 28, 2012
For the past 10 years, the Solar Decathlon has educated consumers about affordable clean energy products that save energy and money, and provided hands-on training for jobs in the clean energy economy. | Photo courtesy of Stefano Paltera, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Solar Decathlon Turns Ten

The Energy Department's Solar Decathlon has a 10-year history of preparing the next generation of energy leaders to enter the workforce.