The Solar Energy Technologies Office supports early-stage research and development in the technology areas of photovoltaics, concentrating solar-thermal power, and systems integration with the goal of improving the affordability, reliability, and performance of solar technologies on the grid. Learn about the office’s latest work in the quarterly stakeholder webinar that was held on October 10, 2019.
Solar Energy Technologies Office
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.
MEDIA ADVISORY: ASSISTANT SECRETARY SIMMONS TO SPEAK AT SOLAR POWER INTERNATIONALLearn More
MEDIA ADVISORY: ASSISTANT SECRETARY SIMMONS TO SPEAK AT SOLAR POWER INTERNATIONAL
Solar Energy Technologies Office Announces New Job OpeningsLearn More
Our office is hiring multiple solar energy technology managers.
Provide Your Insights on Strategic Planning for Solar Grid IntegrationLearn More
SETO issued a request for information (RFI) to help address the impacts of increased solar integration on the electric grid.
EERE Success Story — National Lab Achieves World’s Most Accurate Silicon Module Performance MeasurementsLearn More
DOE's NREL is one of a select few accredited labs in the world that measure and rate solar PV module performance.
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.
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.
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