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Updated: March 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) will hold a virtual 2020 Peer Review on April 6-8, 2020. The peer review is designed to spark discussion about all of SETO’s active projects along with leading solar industry experts in order to evaluate program and project progress toward SETO goals. The findings help DOE identify strategies that will shape our work in the future.

Below, you will find updated information about the virtual peer review. More information will be provided via email and on this website when we have it. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Greg O’Brien at


We invite all participants of the peer review to join us for an opening plenary session on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 11:00am ET – 1:00pm ET. Click here to register for the opening plenary session.

Breakout sessions will be limited to reviewers and SETO staff:

  • April 6, 2020, 1:15pm ET – 5:00pm ET
  • April 7, 2020, 11:00am ET – 5:00pm ET
  • April 8, 2020, 11:00am ET – 5:00pm ET

Instructions on participation for breakout sessions will be sent via email.

At this time, there will be no poster session and all Sunday workshops have been postponed. If you registered for one of these workshops, you will receive an email about how to participate in the future. The full agenda can be downloaded here.

Leadership and Staff

In the absence of a physical program, we wanted to provide you easy access to our leadership and staff webpages so you can learn more about the people who will be speaking in the plenary and breakout sessions.

Registration and Hotel

All registration fees will be reimbursed to the credit card used for the original purchase. If you have questions about your reimbursement, please contact Any attendee that made a hotel reservation must cancel that reservation no later than March 26 to avoid cancellation fees.

Digital Portal

SETO is using a digital portal that has all the reports and posters from all of SETO’s projects. Training materials for reviewers can be found here. Reviewers will receive login information for the portal on Monday, March 16. If you do not receive your login information, please contact Greg O’Brien at

Awardees can click here to view slides that show how to log into the tool and upload their reports and posters. All awardees should have received their login information on February 18, 2020. If you did not, please contact your technology manager or Greg O'Brien. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I have questions about the peer review! Who do I reach out to?

If your question is about the materials within your report and poster, or relating to the contractual obligations of your award, please contact your technology manager. If your question is about logistics of the peer review, please contact Greg O’Brien at

I’m having trouble logging into the peer review portal. How do I get my username and password?

For access issues with the digital portal, please contact Jeff Hood at

I don’t see my project once I log into the portal. What should I do?

Please send an email to and

How do I find my project track and topic?

As soon as you log into the portal, your project’s track and topic are listed on the home screen. If you manage multiple projects, use the drop down menu to select the project, and the track and topic information should populate.

I am not the official principal investigator of the project, but I work on the team and need to upload the poster and report. What should I do?

Due to security reasons, we can only provide login information directly to the principal investigators. If you are uploading documents on their behalf, please reach out to them directly to obtain their login credentials.

The file size of my poster is too large to upload to the portal. What should I do?

First, try to convert your poster into a PDF. That usually shrinks down the file size to under 10 MB. If the file is still too large, contact Jeff Hood at and he will work with you to make sure the file can be uploaded to the portal.

I’d like to edit the poster template. Is that allowed?

Unfortunately, no. Please use the template provided without any modifications.

What am I supposed to link to in the QR code on my poster?

What you choose to link to is up to you! The goal of the QR code is to provide the reviewers and others who are in attendance the opportunity to get more information about your project if they are interested in learning about it. If you have a website or a webpage that discusses your project, you can link to that. If there is a published report that already exists about your project, you can link to that. If no other documents exist, it is suggested to link to the report you are writing as a part of this peer review.

Is it OK if my report is longer than 5 pages? Can I include charts and graphics?

Yes, you may include charts and graphics in your report. We prefer to keep the report under 5 pages, however, if the inclusion of graphics and charts makes it longer, that is acceptable.

I need an extension to complete my poster and report requirements. Can I have one?

Unfortunately, all materials are due on February 20, 2020.


We look forward to connecting with you in April! Should you have any further questions, please contact Greg O’Brien at