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October 11, 2023

Solar Eclipse + Solar Energy: What to Expect When the Sun Goes Dark

On October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will travel across parts of the United States, blocking up to 90% of the sun for several minutes. What could this mean for our power grid? Learn what to expect when the sun goes dark.

September 6, 2023

The Benefits of Powering Your EV with Solar Energy

Harnessing the sun to power your vehicle saves you money, benefits the electric grid, and provides backup power to your home in the future.

May 11, 2023

Tackling High Costs and Long Delays for Clean Energy Interconnection

The critical role that interconnection plays in enabling the clean energy transition is why the U.S. Department of Energy established i2x to identify and develop solutions that make interconnection fairer, faster, and simpler.

May 4, 2023

Keeping Solar in the Field by Keeping Water Out

Solar panels need to withstand the elements to keep producing power for decades, and water is one of a solar module’s trickiest foes. Using clever measurement and modeling methods, researchers are optimizing the way we seal solar modules to keep water out

April 17, 2023

The Potential of Agrivoltaics for the U.S. Solar Industry, Farmers, and Communities

To make agrivoltaics a widely available option for developers in the U.S., questions about cost, liability and other business, legal and regulatory issues need to be addressed.

March 10, 2023

Smart Shopping Tips for Solar

As millions of Americans decide to power their homes with solar energy and take advantage of its numerous benefits, consumers should be on the lookout for warning signs of scams.

February 16, 2023

Breaking Barriers to Community Solar Development with the Community Power Accelerator ™ Learning Lab

The new community solar training program is designed to provide solar developers with critical resources and know-how to help them launch new equity-focused community solar projects.

February 13, 2023

5 Benefits of Residential Solar

The amount of solar connected to the grid has grown exponentially in the past several years, and with all of this interest and so much information available, let’s take a moment to highlight their benefits.

February 8, 2023

Why Go Solar? Connecting the Dots on the Benefits of Solar Energy

SETO is Connecting the Dots on Solar Energy: making connections between solar energy investments and their enduring, long-term benefits and offer a resource hub so that the public can learn about how solar will positively impact our country's future.

December 19, 2022

Midwest Colleges and Employers Join Forces for Solar Workforce Training

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association developed programs to grow Wisconsin’s solar workforce capacity and replicated their successful programs in surrounding states.