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Welcome to the Solar Energy Technologies Office's (SETO's) Information Resources webpage. Below you’ll find a curated list of resources for all levels of familiarity with solar. Whether you want to learn how to go solar, find a job in the industry, or discover the science behind solar energy, this webpage features SETO-funded resources that can help.

Visit the SETO Publication and Product Library to find fact sheets, reports, and technical papers about the solar office's activities on photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), systems integration, and market transformation. For a comprehensive list of SETO-funded research, including final technical reports from awardees and national lab reports, visit the Office of Science and Technical Information library

Going Solar Resources for Consumers

SETO developed the Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar and a Farmer’s Guide to Going Solar to provide homeowners and farmers a guide to installing solar in their home and land. Solar rooftop potential resources give consumers tools to help quantify the benefits of going solar. And, the Solar Investments Tax Credit (ITC) fact sheets provide residential and commercial building owners information on the ITC and requirements. Decision making is easier for purchasing a solar system for your home or buying or selling a home with a solar system with SETO’s solar real estate resources.

Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar
SETO resources can help you figure out what’s best for you when it comes to going solar. Consider these questions.
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Farmer's Guide to Going Solar
If you are an agricultural land owner and are considering your options to go solar, here are some resources to help you decide what’s best for you.
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A Consumer’s Guide to Fire Safety with Solar Systems
The solar office funded the Solar Training and Education for Professionals program, which provides tools to firefighters and fire code officials.
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SETO Spotlight: Solar and Real Estate
SETO has helped make it easy to purchase a solar system for your home, or buy or sell a solar home.
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Solar Rooftop Potential
To help consumers quantify the potential benefits of going solar, national laboratories and private companies have developed a number of tools.
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Solar Energy Resources for Homebuilders
As more homebuilders realize that solar represents a good portfolio investment, integrating photovoltaics into new construction has become a focus.
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Resources for Professionals 

The Quarterly Solar Industry Update, a presentation produced by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, focuses on statistics and trends within the solar industry. SETO has compiled resources for firefighters, architects, and code officials to provide information on solar standards, safety, and how to incorporate solar into design projects. Designers and architects can also learn to calculate the levelized cost of energy (LOCE) for PV systems and compare performance and cost for a baseline and proposed technology with the Comparative PV LCOE Calculator.

Quarterly Solar Industry Update
Each quarter, NREL conducts a presentation of technical trends within the solar industry.
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Comparative PV LCOE Calculator
Calculate the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for photovoltaic (PV) systems, and compare performance and cost for a baseline and proposed technology.
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SETO Spotlight: Solar Eclipse 2017
The 2017 total solar eclipse is the first eclipse in nearly a century to span the United States. Learn more about its impact solar generation.
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Solar for Firefighters
The Solar Training and Education for Professionals program addresses gaps in solar training within the solar workforce and in adjacent professions.
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Solar for Architects
Design professionals who know how to seamlessly and cost-effectively incorporate solar technology into projects are increasingly in demand.
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Solar for Code Officials
Specific knowledge and training are essential to ensure that every residential solar system meets the same standards before being interconnected.
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Solar Energy 101

The Solar Energy Technology Basics page is a primer for solar energy technologies. More detailed basics pages will teach you about PV, CSP, and solar integration with inverters and grid services among others. The solar energy glossary defines technical terms related to solar power including PV and CSP technologies, electricity, power generation, and more

Solar Integration: Solar Energy and Storage Basics
Storage helps solar contribute to the electricity supply even when the sun isn’t shining by releasing the energy when it's needed.
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Solar Integration: Distributed Energy Resources and Microgrids
This resource page looks at ways to ensure continuous electricity regardless of an unforeseen event are by using distributed energy resources.
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Solar Integration: Inverters and Grid Services Basics
This page explains what an inverter is and why it's important for solar energy generation.
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Solar Energy Technology Basics
This primer on solar energy technologies will teach you about photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), and solar radiation.
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Solar Radiation Basics
Learn about the basics of solar radiation, also called the solar resource, a general term for the electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun.
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Solar Photovoltaic Technology Basics
Learn the basics of photovoltaic (PV) materials and technologies that are used to convert sunlight into electrical energy.
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Solar Energy Glossary
The solar glossary contains definitions for technical terms related to solar power and photovoltaic (PV) technologies, including terms having to do...
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Community and Shared Solar
As the solar energy market expands, alternative business models like community solar and shared solar are gaining popularity.
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Resources for Job-Seekers

Careers in solar energy are expanding quickly. SETO supports the solar workforce with the Solar Training Network, professional development and career building through a number of programs such as PV Certification, Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED), and training for real estate professionals. SETO’s fellowships and research opportunities provide scientists, engineers, and researchers with opportunities to lead and improve SETO research and development projects. The solar industry is an important source of employment for returning veterans—learn how to hire veterans in solar energy.

Solar Energy Careers
SETO supports the growing solar workforce with training programs, professional development, and career building.
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Fellowships and Research Opportunities
Fellowships provide an opportunity for scientists, engineers, and researchers to lead and improve projects to meet the SETO goals.
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Solar Training Network
The Solar Training Network addresses a critical need for high-quality, local, accessible training in solar installation and related skills
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How to Hire Veterans in Solar Energy
The solar industry is an important source of employment for returning veterans, who comprise 8% of the solar workforce.
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Solar Ready Vets Network
The Solar Ready Vets Network is a group of solar workforce development programs for veterans and transitioning military service members.
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SETO Meetings and Events

Industry workshops help SETO obtain a wide range of stakeholder feedback to guide the work of the solar office. DOE holds workshops to identify barriers and opportunities associated with SETO goals.

Past Meetings and Workshops
Industry workshops help SETO obtain stakeholder feedback and identify barriers and opportunities associated with the office's goals.
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2020 SETO Peer Review
The Solar Energy Technologies Office held its virtual 2020 Peer Review on April 6-8, 2020.
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U.S. Department of Energy sCO2 Workshop 2019
This DOE workshop discussed the next steps in sCO2 power cycle commercialization and system-level considerations for integration with TES.
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Solar Forecasting 2 Workshop
On October 7–8, 2019, in Washington D.C., SETO hosted a workshop to highlight the accomplishments of the Solar Forecasting 2 projects.
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SETO CSP Program Summit 2019
The SETO CSP Program Summit 2019 is an opportunity for SETO-funded awardees to discuss current market activity and R&D for CSP technologies.
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Solar Power International 2019
The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) activities at Solar Power International (SPI) 2019 are listed below.
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2018 SETO Portfolio Review
Hundreds of the brightest minds in the solar industry convened to share stories of progress and explore technology solutions.
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SETO Multimedia 

In order to meet SETO’s goals to drive down the cost of solar energy, the office funds projects throughout the United States. The office’s Solar Projects Map illustrates SETO-funded projects at universities, National Laboratories, and businesses. SETO’s success stories highlight project accomplishments and achievements. Connect the Dots: Innovations in Residential Solar is an interactive webpage which shows how SETO-funded research and technology can add speed and cost savings, making solar energy a simple choice. In 2018, SETO hosted a photography contest called “Hit Me with Your SunShot” and submissions are available for public use.

Success Stories
Success stories highlight how SETO works with national labs, universities, and businesses to drive down the cost of solar electricity.
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Solar Projects Map
This map shows SETO-funded projects at the national labs, state and local governments, universities, nonprofit organizations, and companies.
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Hit Me with Your SunShot Photo Contest
This photo album contains submissions for the Hit Me with Your SunShot photo contest.
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Connect the Dots: Innovations in Residential Solar
This interactive webpage shows how SETO-funded research and technology adds clarity, speed, & cost savings, making solar energy a simple choice.
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Solar Multimedia
A solar educational site of multimedia resources.
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SETO Research Priorities and Highlights

SETO funds early-stage research and development in three technology areas: PV, CSP, and systems integration with the goal of improving the affordability, performance, and value of solar technologies on the grid. Below are some highlights of SETO activities, projects, and goals.

SETO 2020 Peer Review Report
This report highlights the findings of an independent, third-party panel of solar experts who reviewed the SETO portfolio.
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Goals of the Solar Energy Technologies Office
SETO aims to make solar energy a low-cost electricity source for all Americans through research and development efforts.
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2018 SETO Peer Review Report
The 2018 SETO Portfolio Review was held in February 2018. Independent reviewers evaluated each of the projects. This report details reviewer findings.
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2018 SETO Portfolio Book
The 2018 SETO Portfolio Book outlines the progress the office has made in lowering the cost of electricity generated from solar technologies.
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Concentrating Solar Power Gen3 Demonstration Roadmap
This roadmap addresses and prioritizes research and development gaps and lays out the pathway for advancing CSP.
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PV Innovation Roadmap
The 2017 Photovoltaics (PV) Innovation Roadmap sought feedback from PV stakeholders to improve PV cell and module technology.
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On the Path to SunShot
On the Path to SunShot is a series of eight reports that examines the lessons learned in the first five years of the SunShot Initiative.
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SunShot 2030
The SunShot 2030 goals aim to cut the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) from utility-scale solar by an additional 50% between 2020 and 2030.
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SunShot Vision Study
The SunShot Vision Study assesses the potential for solar technologies to meet a significant share of U.S. electricity demand in the next few decades.
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State, Local, and Federal Government Resources 

Procuring Solar for Federal Facilities is a set of resources to help federal facilities better understand procurement options and find the most cost-effective solutions. SETO provides technical assistance to state-level entities in order share best practices and remove barriers to solar deployment. For those working to develop community solar projects, the Federal Resources for Community Solar provides a list of Federal offices and programs and SETO’s National Community Solar Partnership is a coalition of community solar stakeholders working to expand access to affordable community solar to every American household by 2025. The Solar Investments Tax Credit (ITC) fact sheets provide residential and commercial building owners information on the ITC and requirements.

Residential and Commercial ITC Factsheets
These two guides provide an overview of the ITC, providing examples, answering questions, and explaining the process of claiming the ITC.
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Procuring Solar for Federal Facilities
These resources provide information and best practices for federal facilities interested in procuring on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
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Federal Resources for Community Solar
This list of federal resources can assist those who are working to develop community solar projects.
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State and Federal Finance and Solar Technical Assistance Programs
These programs provide finance and technical assistance in order to help lower solar electricity costs and make it easier to go solar.
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Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC)
This program created SolSmart, a national recognition and technical assistance program for state and local governments.
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National Community Solar Partnership™
The National Community Solar Partnership is a coalition of community solar stakeholders that works to expand access to affordable community solar.
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