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, reliability, and domestic benefit of solar technologies on the grid. Learn more about the office's work at the next SETO quarterly stakeholder webinar.
Solar Energy Technologies Office
Solar Energy Technologies Office Newsletter
Apply for the Science and Technology Policy Opportunity in Solar Energy
Applications are due by January 15 for the Science and Technology Policy Opportunity at the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office .
January 4, 2021
Energy Department Awards $6 Million to Develop Training Programs for Professionals Working with New Energy Technologies
DOE awarded approximately $6 million to five organizations that will develop training programs for emergency responders, building managers and owners.
December 22, 2020
Energy Department Announces $45 Million in Funding for Solar Technologies
DOE announced up to $45 million for research to advance solar hardware and systems integration, in addition to additional developments.
December 16, 2020
Energy Department Awards $2 Million to American-Made Solar Prize Competitors
DOE works to bring hardware technology innovations to market faster and to bolster American competitiveness in solar hardware manufacturing.
December 4, 2020
Energy Department Announces $130 Million in Solar Technology Projects
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced selections for $130 million in new projects to advance solar technologies.
November 12, 2020
Energy Department Announces Solar Desalination Prize Competitors
DOE announces quarterfinalists for Solar Desalination Prize, aimed at developing thermal desalination technologies to solve water challenges.
October 19, 2020
Solar Energy Technologies Office Announces New Job Openings
Learn more about the open positions in the Solar Energy Technologies Office.
October 16, 2020
DOE Launches Partnership Initiative to Strengthen Remote and Islanded Communities’ Energy Resilience
DOE launches new program to enable remote and islanded communities to plan for, withstand, and recover from energy disruptions.
October 15, 2020
U.S. Department of Energy Provides $65 Million for ‘Connected Communities’ of Buildings Powered to Transform Electric System
DOE announces up to $65 million through its Connected Communities FOA to expand DOE's network of efficient building communities nationwide.
October 13, 2020
EERE Success Story – The Plug-and-Play Device That Streamlines Solar Cleaning
In 2017, a company called Fracsun received $150,000 in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding for its idea for solar cleaning.
September 28, 2020
Picture This: Making Perovskite Solar Cells with Kodak PrintersLearn More
Learn how Energy Materials Corporation (EMC) has been developing a low-cost process to manufacture perovskite photovoltaic (PV) modules.
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.