December 21, 2021

DOE Announces Technical Assistance for State Utility Regulators to Address Challenges Related to a Transforming Electric Grid

U.S. Department of Energy announced the 21 public utility commissions that will receive technical assistance from the National Laboratories to help state regulators make decisions and develop innovative solutions to improve grid reliability.

December 16, 2021

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Energy Secretary Visits Community Solar Site; Date Announced for Community Solar Summit

Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm visited Gar Creek Solar, a new community solar site in Kankakee County, Illinois. The National Community Solar Partnership announced that their 2022 Annual Summit will take place on January 25.

December 1, 2021

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EERE Success Story—How Power Optimization Technology Research Built a Successful U.S. Business

In 2011, DOE awarded startup Alencon Systems $3 million to develop a utility-scale inverter system for solar PV plants. Since then, the company has manufactured its innovative product and is helping grow the domestic solar supply chain.

November 17, 2021

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EERE Success Story — U.S. Solar Plants Fend Off Hackers with Low-Cost Cybersecurity Device

In 2018, Fend received $150,000, its first round of funding through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research program, to prove that its idea for a low-cost, easily installed device that enhances the security of solar energy systems could work.