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November 15, 2017
Sr. Scientist Sarah Kurtz gives a presentation to NREL Director Dan Arvizu, Dr. John Holdren, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Tech
Ask a Scientist - Dr. Sarah Kurtz
In this new blog series, we ask Energy Department researchers about their life as scientists working with energy efficiency and renewable energy.
November 3, 2017
Aerial photo of a concentrating solar power plant
Concentrating Solar Power Could Provide the Flexibility and Reliability the U.S. Electric Grid Needs
Developments in concentrating solar thermal power could improve grid flexibility by unlocking new choices to better meet grid operator needs.
October 12, 2017
The duck curve map that shows the difference in electricity demand and the amount of available solar energy throughout the day.
Confronting the Duck Curve: How to Address Over-Generation of Solar Energy
Energy Department research is taming the duck curve by helping utilities better balance energy supply and demand on the grid.
September 18, 2017
Picture of a solar collector technology known as ganged heliostats
New Solar Collector Tech Could Lower Costs for Concentrating Solar Power
For the first time ever, ganged heliostats could be a viable option for new concentrating solar power systems.
September 8, 2017
A home in the island town of Vinalhaven, Maine reaps the benefits of solar energy.
Step by Step: How SunShot Influences the “Going Solar” Process
Should I make the leap to solar energy? Is my home suitable for solar? Does it make financial sense to go solar? Who should I go to for installation?
August 14, 2017
The moon blocks the sun and creates an eclipse
Total Eclipse of the Sun: How Will Changing Solar Power Output Impact the Grid?
While only lasting about two minutes in each location, the eclipse will dramatically decrease output of photovoltaic power plants across the U.S.
August 9, 2017
Solar vaccine refrigeration that are easier to transport and also make ice.
4 Unusual Uses of Solar Power
As costs drop and energy production rises, solar technologies will be put to more work. Here are 4 unusual uses for solar power today.
August 7, 2017
wind turbine blades at sunset
Installed Capacity vs. Energy Generation: What's the Difference?
Capacity is the maximum output of electricity that a generator can produce. Generation is the amount of electricity that is produced over a set time.
August 2, 2017
A picture of a house with solar panels and a woman holding a solar panel
4 Fast Facts about Solar Prosumers
Four fast facts that every solar prosumer should know.
July 25, 2017
A look at a battery storage system inside a box.
Making Progress on Solar Energy Storage
The Energy Department is working toward maximizing the use of solar energy to produce electricity—even when the sun isn’t shining.
July 21, 2017
Snapping the Sun: 5 Tips for Capturing Compelling Solar Power Photos
Learn how you can take the best photos for the “Hit Me with Your SunShot” contest!
July 11, 2017
An aerial view of a solar neighborhood.
Peeling Back the Red Tape to Go Solar
Interconnection times vary widely across the U.S. and can take several months to complete. These SunShot awardees are simplifying the solar process.
May 18, 2017
5 Concentrating Solar Power Technologies Impacting Industry

These five concentrating solar power technologies could have a big impact on industry in the next 10 years.

May 15, 2017
Hail No! National Lab's Solar Panels Survive Severe Storm

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...

April 26, 2017
Solar Jobs: State of the States

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...

April 24, 2017
5 of the Fastest Growing Jobs in Clean Energy

More than 6 million Americans work in the energy sector and a huge percentage of the new jobs are in renewable energy and efficiency. Here's 5 of...

March 21, 2017
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Gearing up the Grid for Greater Solar Deployment

SunShot's Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) program educates thousands of grid engineers and university...

March 14, 2017
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3 Cool Ways to Finance Community Solar Projects

Decided to go solar? Here's how to pay for it. The SunShot Initiative highlights three ways teams are financing community solar projects.

March 1, 2017
On Display: Smithsonian Shares the History of Solar

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...

February 16, 2017
Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy winners offer their advice to help energy inventors take their innovations to the next level.
Words of Wisdom from 6 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy Winners
Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy winners offer their advice to help energy inventors take their innovations to the next level. The Energy Department's ...
February 8, 2017
Pictured above is a 2 megawatt solar array on the roof of the Oregon Convention Center. Photo|Jeremy Jeziorski
5 Ways Cities Can Benefit from SunShot’s Latest Solar Prize Challenge
The solar industry is growing fast. Despite this rapid growth, solar energy remains inaccessible to nearly half of American households and business...
February 1, 2017
The ENERGISE funding program will help improve the way utilities are able to plan and operate the distribution grid with high levels of solar. | Photo courtesy: Western Area Power
Talk to the Panel: Communication and Analytics Help Utilities Scale Up Solar Installations

This may come as a surprise to most people: utilities don’t have real-time information about their customers’ electricity usage. When someone adds...

January 26, 2017
Alcatraz Island is home to one of the nation's largest microgrids. Photo | National Park Service
Welcome to Alcatraz: One of the Largest Microgrids in the United States
Alcatraz Island, located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, is home to one of the nation's largest microgrids. The island is equipped with a s...
January 17, 2017
Westby, Wisconsin, is home to Clean Energy Collective's 305-kilowatt Vernon Electric Community Solar Farm. | Photo Courtesy: Clean Energy Collective
Removing Rooftop Roadblocks: Solar Accessibility Soars Under SunShot

You can now go solar even if you don't have a suitable roof. Community solar programs — which allow multiple people to invest in solar together and...

January 5, 2017
At the Regional Test Center in Williston, Vermont, researchers are examining how framed (in the background) and frameless (in the foreground) solar photovoltaic modules handle snowy conditions. | Photo Courtesy: Sandia National Laboratories
Let it Snow: How Solar Panels Can Thrive in Winter Weather

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,...