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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.

December 6, 2022

The Promise of Particles: A Solid Bet for Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power

Ceramic particles may be the key to making concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) plants more efficient.

October 17, 2022

With New Solar Permitting Prize, Everyone Is a Winner

DOE launched the SolarAPP+ Prize to encourage local governments to adopt SolarAPP+ and ease the permitting process for residential solar.

October 12, 2022

Moment in the Sun: Climate Access Fund

The Climate Access Fund is developing innovative, mission-driven solutions to provide affordable solar energy to historically underserved communities in Maryland.

October 7, 2022

No Smoke, All Mirrors: Developing Next-Generation Heliostats

The giant mirrors used in concentrating solar-thermal power, known as heliostats, are often the most expensive parts of a CSP plant. The possibilities to innovate on heliostats and help reduce costs are endless.

September 29, 2022

Solar Resilience: Keeping Communities Connected

Solar energy can play an important role in increasing the resilience of the nation’s grid and the communities served by the grid.

September 8, 2022

Solar Investment Tax Credit: What Changed?

President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, expanding the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics, also known as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

July 14, 2022

Moment in the Sun: Solar Landscape

Solar Landscape engaged with communities in New Jersey to connect low- and moderate-income households with community solar subscriptions while providing workforce training and educational opportunities.

June 21, 2022

Moment in the Sun: People Power Solar Cooperative

The members of People Power Solar Cooperative in Oakland, California, are demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of community-owned solar, a type of community solar in which residents of a community collectively own a solar system.

June 21, 2022

Buzzing Around Solar: Pollinator Habitat Under Solar Arrays

Pollinators—such as bees, butterflies, and other insects—are critical to the success of about 35 percent of global food crop production. Learn about the benefits of establishing pollinator-friendly plants under and around ground-mounted solar arrays.