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January 4, 2018
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Updates to Lab Software Bring Big Benefits to Renewable Energy Industry
NREL SAM received upgrades SunShot SETO
December 19, 2017
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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
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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
Genesis Solar 250 MW CSP plant with trough technology in Blythe, California
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
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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
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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
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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
“Hit Me with Your SunShot” Photo Contest Winners Announced
Hit Me with Your SunShot photo contest winners
August 22, 2017
SunShot at Solar Power International, #PoweredBySunShot.
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
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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
250-MW solar project on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Moapa Indian River Reservation in southern Nevada
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
Boulder Housing Partners with solar PV modules
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
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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
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SunShot Staff to Speak at Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
SunShot speakers at IEEE PVSC 44 in Washington, DC
June 16, 2017
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EERE Success Story—Concentrating Solar Power Transforms Food Processing with Solar Steam
Sunvapor designed a solar collector to cut costs and optimize the supply chain by using less energy to manufacture the structural components.
June 9, 2017
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EERE Success Story—Real Estate Professionals Embrace Solar Power
As solar energy’s popularity continues to grow among homeowners, it’s changing the way people buy and sell homes.
May 26, 2017
A supercritical carbon dioxide turbine built by GE Global Research and Southwest Research Institute that’s one-tenth the size of a traditional steam turbine. Photo courtesy of GE Global Research.
SunShot CSP Research Showcased in Science Magazine

Science magazine, an internationally renowned journal for scientific research, features SunShot Initiative concentrating solar power (CSP) research...

May 3, 2017
Testing at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory enables larger amounts of renewable energy on the nation’s electric grid.
EERE Success Story—Solar Software Platform Fast-Tracks Grid Connections
GridUnity—formerly Qado Energy— set out to completely change the interconnection process with a cloud-connected tool that determines a solar pr...
April 21, 2017
A drone conducts an aerial inspection of a wind turbine.
Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses
Program helps small businesses tap into the intellectual and technical resources they need to overcome critical technology challenges.
April 21, 2017
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The EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards program, which is managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), is currently seeking...

April 12, 2017
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EERE Success Story—Mirage to Reality: Energy Department Investment Brings Crescent Dunes to Life
The same visionary scientists responsible for pioneering space exploration are also behind a national effort to commercialize concentrating solar...
April 5, 2017
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Merging of the Minds: Two Organizations Join Forces to Shape the Future of the Grid

A SunShot Initiative funding program working to create unified data standards in the solar industry will receive a boost from the merger of two...

March 30, 2017
Henry Greenidge from the NYC Office of the Mayor receives the SolSmart Gold designation. Photo Courtesy of The Solar Foundation.
Major Cities Make Strides to Improve Solar Practices, Receive SolSmart Designation

As the nation increasingly turns to solar to power everyday lives, some of the country’s biggest cities are updating practices and removing...

March 21, 2017
Leveraging the latest big data and machine-learning technologies, IBM’s Self-Learning Weather Modeling Forecasting Technology tool provides forecasts for the renewable energy industry. Photo courtesy of IBM.
SunShot Solar Forecasting Program Gets Top Honors from the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group

The SunShot Initiative’s Solar Forecasting program, launched in 2012, spearheaded a collaborative effort to develop real-world solutions to improve...

March 14, 2017
The CoServ Solar Station in Krugerville, Texas. Photo: KEN OLTMANN/CoServ
EERE Success Story—Electric Cooperatives Channel Solar Resources to Rural American Communities
Some of the most remote areas in the United States were among the last locations to access electricity, with as many as nine out of 10 rural homes ...