Former Solar Energy Technologies Office Director
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Dr. Charlie Gay is the former director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office. In this position, he led a team that is dedicated to early-stage research and development of solar technologies, with a focus on how they contribute to supporting the reliability, resilience, and security of the U.S. electric grid.
Total Eclipse of the Sun: How Will Changing Solar Power Output Impact the Grid?
August 14, 2017
While only lasting about two minutes in each location, the eclipse will dramatically decrease output of photovoltaic power plants across the U.S.
4 Unusual Uses of Solar Power
August 9, 2017
As costs drop and energy production rises, solar technologies will be put to more work. Here are 4 unusual uses for solar power today.
Hail No! National Lab's Solar Panels Survive Severe Storm
May 15, 2017
A severe hailstorm pelted the Denver area on May 8, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. But, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's...Learn More
Solar Jobs: State of the States
April 26, 2017
A breakdown of the data released by The Solar Foundation shows where solar jobs are located and which parts of the value chain are seeing the most...Learn More
On Display: Smithsonian Shares the History of Solar
March 1, 2017
The addition of a record-setting 14.6 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy onto the grid made 2016 a historic year for solar, with a total of more than...Learn More
Let it Snow: How Solar Panels Can Thrive in Winter Weather
January 5, 2017
Winter is here and many parts of the country have already seen snow. Although at first blush it may seem that solar power is ideal for the summer,...Learn More
Making Our Solar Future with American Manufacturing
October 7, 2016
Every second that ticks by, six solar cells come off U.S. manufacturing lines that contain crystalline silicon. In 10 years, the Energy Department...Learn More
Revolution...Now Rewind: Modernizing the Grid to Accelerate a Solar-Powered Future
October 4, 2016
As the recently released Revolution..Now report details, the declining cost of solar power has enabled a massive increase in the amount of solar...Learn More