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March 8, 2017
Seth and Nancy Portner and their daughter Lettie visit with a neighbor in front of their Boulder home that has a 3.7 kW solar array on the roof. | Photo Courtesy: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EERE Success Story—Solar Savings and Benefits Multiply with Energy Tradeoff Calculator
When attracting new solar customers, a savings forecast is at the heart of every solar installer’s pitch. A savings forecast helps potential cust...
March 2, 2017
The DOE SunShot loop is designed to demonstrate highly efficient turbine expander and recuperator performance for advanced supercritical carbon dioxide concentrating solar power cycles. Photo courtesy of Southwest Research Institute.
EERE Success Story—Supercharging Concentrating Solar Power Plant Performance
Supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles have the potential to reduce the cost of concentrating solar power (CSP) by substantially improvin...
February 1, 2017
National Renewable Energy Laboratory engineer Greg Martin (from left) works with Solectria engineers Jonathon Smith and Jihua Ma testing Solectria's smart inverter at the Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EERE Success Story—SunShot-funded Advanced Inverter Testing Enables 2,500 Solar Energy Systems to Connect to Hawaii’s Electric Grid
Thanks to a SunShot collaboration at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in December 2015 Hawaiian Electric anno...
January 31, 2017
Energy Department Announces up to $30 Million for Projects to Integrate Solar into the Nation’s Electric Grid

Today, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative announced up to $30 million in new projects to support the...

January 11, 2017
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SunShot to Discuss Progress on Energy Storage Solutions

Before the DistribuTECH Transmission and Distribution Conference, join the SunShot Initiative to learn about its work with utilities on solar plus...

January 10, 2017
EERE Success Story—Empire State Strikes Back: Solar Will Help New York City Rebound After National Disasters
With the help of the SunShot Initiative, Sustainable CUNY began work on the Smart Distributed Generation (DG) Hub-Resilient Solar Project, a roadma...
December 29, 2016
Researchers monitor the progress of the new photovoltaic array at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Photo Courtesy | National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EERE Success Story—International PV Manufacturing Standards Improve Investor Confidence

SunShot funding is enabling researchers from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop a solution for...

December 16, 2016
Solar News
EERE Success Story—The Future's So Bright, You've got to Wear Shades: The Roles of the Department of Energy, National Laboratories, and...

​In 1975, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) decided to harness the power of the sun, launching the Solar Energy Research Institute, which later...

December 11, 2016
Pictured above is an advanced inverter demonstration site in Haverhill, MA. Photo courtesy of Electric Power Research Institute.
EERE Success Story—EPRI Lays Foundation for Smart Inverter Technology
Advanced inverters are a critical enabler of high solar photovoltaic (PV) penetrations because of their smart functionalities and ability to mainta...
December 1, 2016
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SunShot Webinar on 2030 Goals

On December 6, 2016, the SunShot Initiative will host a webinar to discuss the new 2030 goals that were announced last month, which set a target to...

November 21, 2016
SunShot Launches New Prize Competition

The SunShot Initiative announces the launch a new prize competition that aims to expand solar access to all Americans, especially to communities...

November 14, 2016
Energy Department Secretary Ernest Moniz Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Morocco for Solar Decathlon Africa Competition in 2019

Today, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz and Minister Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water, and Environment ...

November 14, 2016
Energy Department Announces More than 90% Achievement of 2020 SunShot Goal, Sets Sights on 2030 Affordability Targets

The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy today announced a commitment for its SunShot Initiative to cut the cost...

November 8, 2016
Solar News
Deadline Extended for Third Round of Small Business Voucher Pilot Program

The deadline to apply to the third round of the Small Business Voucher (SBV) Pilot program has been extended through November 13 at 11:59pm ET. The...

November 8, 2016
Pictured above is De-Meter’s inaugural project for Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, a 200kW combination rooftop and carport distributed generation installation in San Leandro, CA. Photo courtesy of De-Meter.
EERE Success Story—Setting the PACE for Commercial Solar Growth

Big box retailers are leading in commercial solar installations in the United States, but solar’s energy-saving benefits aren’t limited to Fortune...

November 1, 2016
SunPower is using drones and robotics to improve the development and operation of large-scale solar projects. Photo courtesy of SunPower.
EERE Success Story—Drones Help Solar Site Design Take Flight
EERE Success Story—Drones Help Solar Site Design Take Flight
October 26, 2016
National Lab Employee Receives Honor for Energy Innovations

SunShot Initiative awardee Dr. Dileep Singh of Argonne National Laboratory has been named a fellow of ASM International for his contributions to...

October 24, 2016
Sun Number Scores show a home’s solar potential and are now available on Zillow’s website for more than 35 million homes across the United States.
EERE Success Story—Sun Number Partnership with Zillow Brings Solar Potential Scores to Millions of Americans

Millions of Americans looking to buy a home have a new resource to help them go solar in the process. Thanks to a partnership between SunShot...

October 20, 2016
Energy Department Invests $21 Million in 17 Projects to Speed Solar Adoption, Maximize Solar Benefits for States

The Energy Department today announced $21.4 million in funding for 17 new projects to help reduce the "soft costs" commonly found with solar energy...

October 7, 2016
With SunShot funding, 1366 Technologies developed these three-dimensional silicon wafers that require fewer raw materials, helping to reduce the cost of solar panels.
EERE Success Story – Silicon Solar Wafers Enter a New Dimension
EERE Success Story – Silicon Solar Wafers Enter a New Dimension
September 28, 2016
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Secretary Moniz Releases Report Showing the Cost Reductions and Rapid Deployment of Clean Energy Technologies

Report details the economic and environmental benefits our nation is already starting to realize thanks to the increased deployment.

September 15, 2016
Energy Department Launches Up to $30 Million Effort to Improve Solar Module Materials

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a new Energy Materials Network (EMN) consortium, the Durable Module Materials (DuraMat) National Lab...

September 14, 2016
A new partnership between EnergySage and utility National Grid is providing Rhode Island energy consumers with a new way to go solar and save money on their electricity bill. Photo courtesy of EnergySage.
EERE Success Story—Solar for the People: Online Marketplace Expands Solar Access Options in Rhode Island
EERE Success Story—Solar for the People: Online Marketplace Expands Solar Access Options in Rhode Island
September 14, 2016
Energy Department Announces Up to $107 Million for Innovative Projects and New Funding to Advance Solar Technologies

Today the Energy Department announced up to $107 million in new projects and planned funding in order to support America's continued leadership in...

September 8, 2016
Solar News
SunShot to Lead Sessions at Solar Power International

The SunShot Initiative is leading a number of educational and informational sessions at the 2016 Solar Power International conference from...