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February 6, 2019
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EERE Success Story—Material Mash-Up Could Increase Efficiency of Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Plants
A new metal composite for heat exchangers could improve energy conversion and cut costs in CSP plants.
January 2, 2019
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EERE Success Story—Small Wonder: New Converter and Wiring Setup Can Improve Photovoltaic Module Performance
eIQ Energy’s power electronics device enables modules to work independently while increasing power output.
December 20, 2018
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EERE Success Story—Small Wonder: New Converter and Wiring Setup Can Improve Photovoltaic Module Performance
eIQ Energy’s power electronics device enables modules to work independently while increasing power output.
December 3, 2018
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EERE Success Story—Inspector Gadget: New Device Can Spot Defects in Photovoltaic Modules
Startup Tau Science’s scanner shows signs of module damage and keeps repair crews safe.
October 29, 2018
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EERE Success Story—X Marks the Spot: Solar Site Design Goes High Tech
Utility-scale solar plants can power thousands of homes but finding an ideal location for them isn’t easy.
February 28, 2018
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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.
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.
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 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 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...
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 ...
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 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
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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...
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 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 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 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
August 31, 2016
III-V/Si multi-junction solar cells developed at Ohio State University undergo illuminated current-voltage testing.
EERE Success Story—Solving the Efficiency Puzzle: New Solar Cells Open Pathway to 40% Theoretical Efficiency
EERE Success Story—Solving the Efficiency Puzzle: New Solar Cells Open Pathway to 40% Theoretical Efficiency