The Solar Energy Technologies Office’s Solar Blog features stories about the office, its awardees, and its work. Learn more.

June 21, 2022

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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

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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.

June 8, 2022

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Four Ways DOE is Helping Clear the Path to Commercialization of Perovskite Solar Cells

Solar cells created with perovskite minerals can be an important tool in the race to deploy clean energy as quickly and cost effectively as possible, but only if we first overcome key technological hurdles

May 11, 2022

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Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s Solar Park and Learning Center – Moment in the Sun

An Oklahoma Electric Cooperative community solar installation turned into an educational opportunity for local children and has sparked interest in solar throughout the community.

March 23, 2022

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Solar Energy Innovators Program Develops Careers that Drive the Clean Energy Transition

The Solar Energy Innovators Program has seen success in providing valuable real-world experience for fellows and provides institutions with capacity to implement ideas that support the clean energy transition.

February 28, 2022

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Join the Club: Building Community Solar Projects

More states, including New York, are passing policies that enable residents to tap into community solar, which allows customers to benefit from a shared solar installation.

January 19, 2022

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Solar Gets Local: How the SolSmart Program Drives Deployment in Communities

Learn how local jurisdictions across the United States are exploring solar energy.

November 30, 2021

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Moment in the Sun: Queensbridge Houses

The team that pioneered community solar at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Queensbridge Houses worked together to overcome challenges and ensure equitable access to the benefits of community solar.

November 29, 2021

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Purchasing Power: Going Solar through Cooperatives

Joining with other people who also want to go solar can result in saved money through the bulk purchase of solar systems.

November 22, 2021

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Should I Get Battery Storage for My Solar Energy System?

Residential solar energy systems paired with battery storage—generally called solar-plus-storage systems—provide power regardless of the weather or the time of day without having to rely on backup power from the grid. Check out some of the benefits.