Solar energy is the fastest growing and most affordable source of new electricity in America. Over 3 million installations have been built across the country—with 1 million being built in the last two years. As the cost of solar energy systems dropped significantly, more Americans and businesses have taken advantage of clean energy.
Building on the DOE’s Summer of Solar campaign, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm challenged 460 communities to get SolSmart by March 2022. SolSmart provides free technical assistance to help streamline processes—like planning, zoning, inspection, and training—that make it faster and easier to go solar.
Learn how you can start the process of getting a solar energy system on your roof or through a community solar system. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solar solution, here are some resources that can help you figure out what’s best for you. Have you gone solar? Tell us your solar story.
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The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) funds research and development in three technology areas: photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), and systems integration with the goal of improving the affordability, reliability, and domestic benefit of solar technologies on the grid.