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June 19, 2015
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Using Maps to Predict Solar Futures

The Energy Department's SunShot Initiative is helping home owners make the choice for solar. Several SunShot partners have develops digital tools...

June 18, 2015
Quiz: Test Your Solar IQ
Quiz: Test Your Solar IQ
How much do you know about solar power? Test your knowledge with our solar IQ quiz!
May 21, 2015
The Energy Department's SunShot Catalyst prize winners are taking aim at solar energy’s “soft costs.” | Photo Courtesy of NREL.
Startups Tackle Solar Challenges

The Energy Department's SunShot Catalyst prize is working to make solar power more affordable by supporting tech startups with big ideas on how to...

April 28, 2015
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NREL Report Shows Big Potential for the Future of Shared Solar

Demand for solar energy continues to increase, but not every home or office can have its own solar installation. Many are opting to "share" solar,...

April 27, 2015
AirStreams Renewables trains veterans on how to get certified to work on wind towers. Last Thursday, the First Lady announced that companies from the energy, manufacturing, transportation and information technology sectors have committed to hiring approximately 90,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.  | Photo courtesy of AirStreams Renewables.
Joining Forces: Clean Energy Companies Commit to Hire Veterans
Businesses from wind, solar, fuel cell and other clean energy sectors pledge to hire transitioning service members.
April 6, 2015
Last Friday at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, President Obama announced the expansion of the Solar Ready Vets program, a joint effort between the Department of Energy and Department of Defense to train active military personnel for careers in the solar energy industry. | White House photo.
Solar Ready Vets: Preparing Our Veterans to Join the Growing Solar Workforce

The Solar Ready Vets program is providing our nation's veterans with the skills and training they need for jobs in America's growing solar energy...

March 4, 2015
Solar projects can be installed quickly, but red tape sometimes means lengthy delays. The Race to 7-Day Solar aims to change that. | Infographic by SunShot.
The Race to 7-Day Solar is On!

Red tape is getting in the way of going solar. This contest aims to change that.

February 20, 2015
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SunShot Catalyst Innovators Take on Software Challenges to Deploy Solar Technology Across America

New program aims to leverage powerful datasets and use innovative software, information technology, and automation solutions to make it faster,...

February 13, 2015
Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative Trains Veterans for Solar Jobs

America's military veterans have the leadership qualities and talent we need to move the clean energy economy forward. Nonetheless, when the time...

January 30, 2015
MAP: Watch 30 Years of U.S. Solar Industry Growth
Over the last 30 years, the U.S. has seen expansive growth in our Solar Industry. Check out our map to watch this happen.
January 29, 2015
Innovative solar business models like these help make it easier for communities to increase solar deployment by making it faster, easier and cheaper for people to invest in solar together and enabling multiple participants to benefit directly from the energy produced by one solar array. | Image by SunShot Initiative
No Roof, No Problem: Shared Solar Programs Make Solar Possible For You

Every three weeks, the U.S. brings as much solar power online as we installed for the entire year in 2008. Did you know you can still reap the...

January 29, 2015
Solar demand in the U.S. is growing, and U.S. solar manufacturing is rising to meet the challenge.| Graphic courtesy of SunShot.
U.S. Solar Manufacturing Rising on the Horizon

U.S. solar manufacturing is rising to meet the demands of a growing solar market.

January 15, 2015
1 in 78 New Jobs in America is a Solar Job

Today marks an important day for America’s clean energy economy with the release of The Solar Foundation’s annual National Solar Jobs Census, which...

January 5, 2015
Spurring Solar Installations in Hawaii
As rooftop solar power systems increasingly pop up on homes and businesses across the country, a new challenge is emerging: how to integrate greate...
October 22, 2014
Solar Blog
New Study Reveals the Power of Solar Schools

A new study funded by the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, “Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools," found that solar...

September 22, 2014
SunShot Installs Solar Energy System on Local Habitat for Humanity Home

Working with GRID Alternatives, the nation's largest solar non-profit, DOE's SunShot Initiative team enjoyed a day in the sun on a rooftop in...

September 3, 2014
EERE Assistant Secretary Dr. David Danielson stands with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont at the state's new regional solar test center. | Photo credit Kevin Fitzmaurice, Energy Department.
Regional Test Centers Breaking Down Barriers to Solar Energy Deployment

The Energy Department—in partnership with National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories—established five Regional Test...

June 5, 2014
The <a href="/node/801451">Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System</a> in Ivanpah Dry Lake, California. | Photo by Gilles Mingasson, Getty Images for Bechtel.
The Year of Concentrating Solar Power: Five New Plants to Power America with Clean Energy

Learn about a new report that explains why 2014 is the year for concentrating solar power in the U.S.

May 30, 2014
SunShot Grand Challenge Summit: Bright Outlook to Achieve SunShot Goal

Last week, hundreds of solar energy leaders gathered in southern California to participate in SunShot’s biennial Grand Challenge Summit. Read a...

May 20, 2014
SunShot Catalyst: New Prize Challenge Aims to Accelerate Solar Solutions

Energy Department's SunShot Initiative kicks off new prize challenge to find solutions to the solar energy industry’s most pressing problems.

May 5, 2014
<a  href="http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot-summit/registration">Register by May 9</a> to attend the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit, May 19-22, 2014.
Top 5 Reasons to Attend the SunShot Grand Challenge Solar Summit

Anticipation for the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit is heating up. Register now for the event, which is taking place May 19 to May 22 in Anaheim,...

March 24, 2014
Dr. Lidija Sekaric manages the Technology to Market Program for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's SunShot Initiative.
5 Questions for Scientist Dr. Lidija Sekaric of the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative

Dr. Lidija Sekaric manages the Technology to Market Program for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's SunShot Initiative. Find out...

March 14, 2014
Photovoltaic arrays at the SunEdison facility at SolarTAC in Aurora, Colorado. Photovoltaics are just one of many clean energy technologies participants of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Postdoctoral Research Award Program work on. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Shining Stars of Solar: Meet Three SunShot Postdoctoral Award Recipients Who Are Making a Difference

From advancing solar technologies, to breaking down market barriers for wide-scale deployment of renewable systems, the Office of Energy Efficiency...

March 6, 2014
Workers install a solar energy system on the rooftop of a home in Golden, Colorado. More than 4,751 megawatts of solar power was installed in the United States last year, an increase of 41%. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Solar Industry Scorches Records

A new report indicates photovoltaic (PV) installations continued their impressive growth in 2013, increasing 41% over 2012 to 4,751 megawatts (MW)...

February 10, 2014
What do you want to know about solar energy? Submit your questions in advance of our #AskEnergy Twitter Q&A. | Graphic by <a href="http://energy.gov/contributors/sarah-gerrity">Sarah Gerrity</a>, photo courtesy of NRGEnergy.
#AskEnergy: Live Twitter Q&A on Solar Energy

What do you want to know about solar? Submit your questions on social media in advance of our #AskEnergy Twitter Q&A.