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The mission of the Energy Department (DOE) is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

Solar resources are available from these offices/laboratories within the Energy Department:

  • The Solar Energy Technologies Office focuses on achieving the goals of the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. The SunShot Initiative drives research, manufacturing, and market solutions to make the abundant solar energy resources in the United States more affordable and accessible for Americans.
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From fundamental science and energy analysis to validating new products for the commercial market, NREL researchers are dedicated to transforming the way the world uses energy. With more than 37 years of successful innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our discoveries provide sustainable alternatives for powering our homes, businesses, and our transportation system.
  • Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major research and development responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.
Resource Name   Type   Stakeholder Group
Federal Finance Facilities Available for Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Clean Energy Deployment   White paper   Financial, Residential, Commercial
Green Power Network Newsletter   Newsletter   All
Open EI: Open Energy Information   Database   State and Local Governments, Residential, Commercial
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)   Database   All
Solar Energy Resource Center   Database   All
Solar Instructor Training Network   Webpage   Workforce Development, State and Local Governments
SunShot Vision Study   White paper   All
SunShot Initiative Newsletter   Newsletter   All
Solar Career Map   Interactive tool   Workforce Development
Procuring Solar for Federal Facilities   Guide   Federal Government
Solarize Guidebook   Guide   State and Local Governments
PV Watts   Interactive tool   Residential, Commercial
Open PV   Database   State and Local Governments, Workforce Development
Systems Advisor Model (SAM)   Interactive tool   Residential, Commercial
Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC)   Guide   Financial
A Guide to Community Solar   Guide   State and Local Governments
PV Value   Interactive tool   Residential, Commercial
Aggregate Net Metering: Opportunities for Local Governments   Guide   State and Local Governments
Solar in Remote Applications in the U.S.: Challenges & Implications for Local Policy   Guide   State and Local Governments
Integrating Solar PV Into Energy Services Performance Contracts: Options for Local Governments Nationwide   Guide   State and Local Governments
National Community Solar Partnership   Webpage   Financial, Residential, Commercial, Rural