It takes star power to deploy sun power, and the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) awardees have it. In 2018, 10 of them received special recognition for their work in the solar industry. These awardees represent universities, utilities, private companies, and trade associations, proving that solar is progressing across the industry spectrum. Austin Energy had a particularly bright year: Its project under the Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) program received three awards. Check out these changemakers:

Four awardees are young solar professionals who made it onto Renewable Energy World’s Solar 40 Under 40 list:

  • Amanda Bybee, CEO of Amicus O&M Cooperative, was recognized for her work providing PV operations and maintenance services.
  • Nate Hausman, project director at Clean Energy States Alliance, was recognized for his participation in the Solar Energy Innovation Network, which supports the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in its efforts to reduce soft costs.
  • Jason Kaminsky, chief operating officer of kWh Analytics, was recognized for developing software specially designed to support data standardization and reduce solar soft costs.
  • Steph Speirs, co-founder and CEO of Solstice, was recognized for her work expanding community access to solar energy.

The office extends its appreciation to all of its awardees for their performance and continuing dedication to advancing solar energy technologies.