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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.

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

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 Mapping Resources
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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Solar Energy 101

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 Solar Professionals

Quarterly Solar Industry Update
Each quarter, NREL conducts a presentation of technical trends within the solar industry.
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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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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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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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Resources for Job-Seekers

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 9% of the solar workforce.
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SETO Meetings and Events

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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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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Solar Power International 2018
Join the Solar Energy Technologies Office at Solar Power International 2018.
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Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems (Gen3 CSP) Kickoff Meeting
On June 25, 2018, the Solar Energy Technologies Office hosted a kickoff meeting to facilitate communication and networking among Gen3 CSP awardees.
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2017 SHINES Program Review
On January 30, 2017, SETO hosted a program review for the Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) program.
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SETO Multimedia

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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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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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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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

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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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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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
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 (FY2016)
The National Community Solar Partnership aims to expand solar access to all Americans, especially in low- and moderate-income communities.
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