The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) 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 more about the office's work in the upcoming SETO quarterly stakeholder webinar.
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Department of Energy Announces Winners of Collegiate Solar CompetitionLearn More
DOE announces winners of the Solar District Cup, where collegiate teams design innovative, cost-effective distributed energy systems for a district.
Department of Energy Launches $9 Million Desalination PrizeLearn More
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of the $9 million American-Made Challenges: Solar Desalination Prize.
Department of Energy Announces New Funding to Train Emergency Response and Building ProfessionalsLearn More
DOE announced training program funding for professionals who interact with distributed energy resources, including firefighters and first responders.
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.
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
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