Solar Information Resources
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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.
Solar Mapping Resources
To help consumers quantify the potential benefits of going solar, national laboratories and private companies have developed a number of tools.
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.
Solar Energy Glossary
The solar glossary contains definitions for technical terms related to solar power and photovoltaic (PV) technologies, including terms having to do...
Resources for Solar Professionals
Solar for Firefighters
The Solar Training and Education for Professionals program addresses gaps in solar training within the solar workforce and in adjacent professions.
Solar for Architects
Design professionals who know how to seamlessly and cost-effectively incorporate solar technology into projects are increasingly in demand.
Solar for Code Officials
Specific knowledge and training are essential to ensure that every residential solar system meets the same standards before being interconnected.
Resources for Job-Seekers
Solar Training Network
The Solar Training Network addresses a critical need for high-quality, local, accessible training in solar installation and related skills
Success stories highlight how SETO works with national labs, universities, and businesses to drive down the cost of solar electricity.
Solar Projects Map
This map shows SETO-funded projects at the national labs, state and local governments, universities, nonprofit organizations, and companies.
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.
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.
PV Innovation Roadmap
The 2017 Photovoltaics (PV) Innovation Roadmap sought feedback from PV stakeholders to improve PV cell and module technology.
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.
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.
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.
State, Local, and Federal Government Resources