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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) hosts webinars to provide updates on the office’s work to our stakeholders. Led by SETO Director Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, these webinars discuss SETO’s priorities and provide information on current and upcoming activities.

Upcoming Webinars

Solar Workforce Priorities and Vision

August 19, 2021, 1-2 p.m. ET

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Join the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) for a webinar focused on workforce development in the solar industry. Learn about SETO’s current research and future priorities for building a diverse and well-supported solar industry workforce, including results from recent stakeholder outreach.  SETO Deputy Director Garrett Nilsen will also give an update on the latest SETO activities.

 

View a list of all upcoming SETO events and browse past webinars below. 

Past Webinars

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Leadership Roundtable: Empowering Cities to Accelerate Rooftop Solar Installations Across America

July 15, 2021, 1–2 p.m. ET

This webinar was held on July 15, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET and featured U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm for the launch of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP+) tool. SolarAPP+ makes it easy for local governments to permit residential solar project applications by reviewing projects for building code compliance and instantly approving the project. Guests discussed how local governments are speeding up the permit process and reducing barriers for solar energy. Webinar topics included: 

Guest Speakers:

  • Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary of Energy
  • Regina Romero, Mayor of Tucson, Arizona
  • Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose, California
  • Lynn Jurich, CEO of Sunrun
  • Will Jawando, Councilmember of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • John Alita, Deputy City Manager of Stockton, California
  • Jeff Cook, NREL SolarAPP+ Project Lead
  • Becca-Jones Albertus, Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office

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A Force for Change: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in the Solar Industry

This webinar was held on May 4, 2021, at 11 a.m. ET and featured Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm announcing over $15 million in new funding to support equitable solar deployment by addressing the barriers people face in accessing the benefits of solar, through technical assistance, community solar, and workforce development. Webinar topics included:

Guest Speakers

  • Jennifer M. Granholm, Energy Secretary
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Shalanda Baker, Deputy Director for Energy Justice
  • Becca Jones-Albertus, Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office
  • Jennifer Kropke, Director of Energy Jobs
  • Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Sylvester Taylor, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1
  • Van Vincent, President and CEO of VLV Development
  • Bryan Garcia, CEO of Connecticut Green Bank
  • Donnel Baird, CEO of BlocPower

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Streamlining Solar Permitting with SolarAPP+

This webinar was held on April 29, 2021, and featured SETO Director Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper, and NREL SolarAPP+ Project Lead Jeff Cook. The Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP+) tool is an online platform that makes it easier for local governments to quickly and safely approve rooftop solar and solar+storage projects. It was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and a collaborative team of industry and local government stakeholders. This webinar discussed the pilot test of SolarAPP+ and what the future holds for the tool. 

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100% Clean: How DOE’s Solar Investments Will Help to Achieve Ambitious Decarbonization Goals

This webinar was held on March 25, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. ET and featured Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm announcing $128 million in new solar energy initiatives. Webinar topics included:

Guest Speakers:

  • Jennifer M. Granholm, Energy Secretary
  • Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Becca Jones-Albertus, Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office
  • Stephan DeLuca, CEO of Energy Materials Corporation
  • Joseph Berry, senior scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Clifford Ho, senior scientist, Sandia National Laboratories

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2020 Webinars

December 2020 SETO Quarterly Stakeholder Webinar

This webinar was held on December 17, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. ET and focused on SETO's work supporting solar entrepreneurs. Webinar topics included:

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September 2020 SETO Quarterly Stakeholder Webinar

This SETO Quarterly Webinar was held on September 10, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. ET. Webinar topics included:

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June 2020 SETO Quarterly Stakeholder Webinar

This SETO Quarterly Webinar was held on June 4, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Webinar topics included:

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January 2020 SETO Quarterly Stakeholder Webinar

This SETO Quarterly Webinar was held on January 23, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. ET. Webinar topics included:

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2019 Webinars

October 2019 SETO Quarterly Stakeholder Webinar

This SETO Quarterly Webinar was held October 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. ET. This webinar discussed the following topics:

  • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) priorities and vision – EERE Assistant Secretary Daniel R Simmons
  • Solar Office overview and Q3 updates
  • Systems Integration research overview
    • ComEd guest speaker: Shay Bahramirad

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July 2019 SETO Quarterly Stakeholder Webinar

This SETO Quarterly Webinar was held July 26, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. ET. This webinar discussed the following topics:

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​Find a complete list of past SETO events and webinars.