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June 19, 2018
Department of Energy Announces $21 Million to Advance Solar Desalination Technologies
Projects aim to reduce cost of solar-thermal desalination and helping the technology to reach new markets, areas not connected to the electric grid.
June 7, 2018
Department of Energy Launches $3 Million Prize Competition to Boost Domestic Solar Manufacturing
Entrepreneurial individuals and teams will compete through a series of three successive prize contests designed to develop American-made products.
May 29, 2018
Measuring the Impact of the 2017 Solar Eclipse
A new report released by NREL looks at the impact of eclipses and other major weather events on solar generation.
May 24, 2018
Austin Energy’s Solar Storage Project Wows Again with Greentech Media Award
Since 2016, Texas utility Austin Energy has worked with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a low-cost integrated solar plus storage solution.
May 15, 2018
Department of Energy Announces $72 Million to Advance High-Temperature Concentrating Solar Power Systems
New systems would enable significant progress toward 2030 goals.
April 18, 2018
Department of Energy Announces $20 Million in New Projects to Lower Cost of Power Electronics in Solar Energy Systems
Innovations are critical to address solar photovoltaic reliability challenges and driving down costs.
April 17, 2018
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $105 Million in New Funding to Advance Solar Technologies
Funding support America’s continued leadership in energy innovation through solar technology.
April 4, 2018
Catalyst Winner's Software Recognized for Helping Thousands Pay Bills
Technology developed by former Catalyst winner, Gridmates, played a critical role in helping Direct Energy win a best practices award in Texas.
February 28, 2018
EERE Success Story—Researchers Illuminate Solar Panel Wear and Tear to Improve Longevity
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University use electroluminescence and machine learning to reveal the evolution of solar module degradation.
January 24, 2018
Department of Energy Announces Prize Competition to Accelerate U.S.-Based Solar Manufacturing
The American Made Solar Prize will incentivize the nation’s entrepreneurs to develop new processes and products for the solar marketplace.
January 12, 2018
National Lab Uses Artificial Intelligence to Optimize Solar and Other Distributed Energy Resources
New Research at SLAC National Accelerator Lab uses artificial intelligence applications to help utilities better integrate their solar resources.
January 4, 2018
Updates to Lab Software Bring Big Benefits to Renewable Energy Industry
NREL SAM received upgrades SunShot SETO
December 19, 2017
Department of Energy Announces $12 Million to Advance Early-Stage Solar Research
Eight projects to advance predictive modeling capabilities for solar generation.
October 20, 2017
EERE Success Story—Sun Number Partnership with Zillow Brings Solar Potential Scores to Millions of Americans
Sun Number Scores show a home’s solar potential and are now available on Zillow’s website for more than 84 million homes across the United States.
September 27, 2017
Energy Department Launches Up to $15 Million to Tackle Solar Desalination
DOE announced funding to develop solar desalination technologies that will help create freshwater from otherwise unusable waters.
September 15, 2017
Energy Department Invests up to $32 Million to Improve Resilience of the Nation’s Power Grid
DOE announced up to $32 million for research and development that will further improve the resilience of the nation's electric grid.
September 12, 2017
Energy Department Announces Achievement of SunShot Goal, New Focus for Solar Energy Office
Average price of utility-scale solar is now 6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
September 12, 2017
2020 Utility-Scale Solar Goal Achieved
The solar industry has achieved the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target set by the SunShot Initiative.
September 7, 2017
“Hit Me with Your SunShot” Photo Contest Winners Announced
Hit Me with Your SunShot photo contest winners
August 22, 2017
SunShot Sponsors Start-Up Alley at Solar Power International
The SunShot Initiative will sponsor Start-Up Alley at Solar Power International in Las Vegas, Nevada from September 10–13.
August 1, 2017
Energy Department Announces Eleven Projects to Boost Private-Sector Support of Energy Innovation
Projects address systemic barriers currently preventing the private sector from more fully supporting energy innovation.
July 17, 2017
SunShot Launches Solar Energy Photo Contest
Hit Me with Your SunShot photo contest that will award prizes up to $2,500 to those who submit the best photos that contain solar energy technologies
July 13, 2017
SunShot Program Manager Honored for Solar Contributions
Dr. Elaine Ulrich honored by Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) with an Energy Hero award for her contributions to the solar industry.
July 12, 2017
Energy Department Announces $46.2 Million for 48 Projects to Advance Solar Power Technologies
New projects intended to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies.
June 23, 2017
SunShot Staff to Speak at Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
SunShot speakers at IEEE PVSC 44 in Washington, DC