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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.