The Solar Energy Technologies Office funds early-stage research and development in three technology areas: photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), and systems integration with the goal of improving the affordability, performance, and value of solar technologies on the grid. Learn about the office’s latest work in the next quarterly stakeholder webinar to be held on April 23, 2020.
Solar Energy Technologies Office
New Solar Energy Innovation Network Teams AnnouncedLearn More
DOE selects 8 teams for the Solar Energy Innovation Network, a program supporting solar energy adoption in rural areas and at the commercial scale.
EERE Success Story — “Solar in Your Community Challenge” Brings Solar—and Savings—to More AmericansLearn More
“Solar in Your Community Challenge” Brings Solar—and Savings—to More Americans
DOE Announces 20 New Competitors for the American-Made Solar PrizeLearn More
DOE announces 20 competitors will advance to next phase of American-Made Solar Prize, a competition designed to strengthen U.S. solar manufacturing.
DOE Announces $125.5 Million in New Funding for Solar TechnologiesLearn More
DOE continues to advance research and development of solar technologies.
Solar Energy Technologies Office Announces New Job OpeningLearn More
The Solar Energy Technologies Office is hiring a program manager for the strategic analysis and institutional support team.
Department of Energy Announces $128 Million in New Projects to Advance Solar TechnologiesLearn More
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced selections for $128 million in new projects to advance solar technologies.
EERE Success Story—Spreading Sunshine: SolSmart Recognizes 300th Community for Going SolarLearn More
In October 2019, the city of Anchorage became the 300th community in the United States to receive a SolSmart designation.
U.S. Department of Energy Announces Winners of Solar Prize and Two New Innovative Solar InitiativesLearn More
DOE announced the winners of the American-Made Solar Prize Round 1, a $3 million competition designed to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing.
Department of Energy Selects National Alliance for Water Innovation to Lead Energy-Water Desalination HubLearn More
Hub will focus on early-stage research and development (R&D) for energy-efficient and cost-competitive desalination technologies.
PV Cells 101, Part 2: Solar Photovoltaic Cell Research DirectionsLearn More
Part 2 of the PV Cells 101 primer, exploring new materials and cell designs that can improve conversion and performance.
PV Cells 101: A Primer on the Solar Photovoltaic CellLearn More
Part 1 of the PV Cells 101 primer explains how a solar cell turns sunlight into electricity and why silicon is the semiconductor that usually does it.
New Solar Design Competition Announced: Solar District CupLearn More
Universities and community colleges can join the inaugural DOE Solar District Cup, to re-imagine how solar energy is generated, managed, and used.
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.
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