The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office supports early-stage research and development to improve the affordability, reliability, and performance of solar technologies on the grid. Learn more.
EERE Success Story—Inspector Gadget: New Device Can Spot Defects in Photovoltaic ModulesLearn More
Startup Tau Science’s scanner shows signs of module damage and keeps repair crews safe.
EERE Success Story—X Marks the Spot: Solar Site Design Goes High TechLearn More
Utility-scale solar plants can power thousands of homes but finding an ideal location for them isn’t easy.
Department of Energy Announces $53 Million in New Projects to Advance Solar TechnologiesLearn More
The projects announced today span across 21 states, help lower solar electricity costs and support a growing solar workforce.
Department of Energy Announces $46 Million to Improve Resiliency of Solar GenerationLearn More
DOE announced $46 million in funding to advance solutions that provide grid operators mitigation strategies against cyber and physical threats.
Five Organizations Selected to Boost American-Made Solar PrizeLearn More
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory selected 5 organizations to grow the American-Made Solar Prize.
Department of Energy Announces $21 Million to Advance Solar Desalination TechnologiesLearn More
Projects aim to reduce cost of solar-thermal desalination and helping the technology to reach new markets, areas not connected to the electric grid.
Department of Energy Launches $3 Million Prize Competition to Boost Domestic Solar ManufacturingLearn More
Entrepreneurial individuals and teams will compete through a series of three successive prize contests designed to develop American-made products.
Austin Energy’s Solar Storage Project Wows Again with Greentech Media AwardLearn More
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.
Research Helps Texas Renewables Work Better TogetherLearn More
New NREL research will help ERCOT better manage its solar power and integrate it with the 20 gigawatts of wind capacity already installed in the state
Solar as the Solution: 3 Ways Solar Can Step Up its Grid Services GameLearn More
Solar energy provides as much as 15% of generation on the grid in some states, solar energy can provide grid services to maintain system balance.
Extending Solar Energy System Lifetime with Power ElectronicsLearn More
Power electronics are essential to the safe and efficient operation of solar PV systems, serving as a critical gateway between solar and the grid.
Concentrating Solar Power Could Provide the Flexibility and Reliability the U.S. Electric Grid NeedsLearn More
Developments in concentrating solar thermal power could improve grid flexibility by unlocking new choices to better meet grid operator needs.
Confronting the Duck Curve: How to Address Over-Generation of Solar EnergyLearn More
Energy Department research is taming the duck curve by helping utilities better balance energy supply and demand on the grid.
New Solar Collector Tech Could Lower Costs for Concentrating Solar PowerLearn More
For the first time ever, ganged heliostats could be a viable option for new concentrating solar power systems.
Step by Step: How SunShot Influences the “Going Solar” ProcessLearn More
Should I make the leap to solar energy? Is my home suitable for solar? Does it make financial sense to go solar? Who should I go to for installation?
Total Eclipse of the Sun: How Will Changing Solar Power Output Impact the Grid?Learn More
While only lasting about two minutes in each location, the eclipse will dramatically decrease output of photovoltaic power plants across the U.S.
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