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March 4, 2015
Solar projects can be installed quickly, but red tape sometimes means lengthy delays. The Race to 7-Day Solar aims to change that. | Infographic by SunShot.
The Race to 7-Day Solar is On!

Red tape is getting in the way of going solar. This contest aims to change that.

March 3, 2015
The updated Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency helps homeowners and businesses find incentive programs that can reduce or defray installation or purchase costs of technologies like photovoltaic systems. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Find Energy Incentives Quicker and Easier with DSIRE Open Data and Website

Updated Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency includes expanded data accessibility, a new Application Program Interface, interactive maps, and enhanced search.

March 2, 2015
Free, online training courses on <a href="https://www4.eere.energy.gov/femp/training/?keyword=&series[0]=93">Renewable Energy Technology Applications</a> are available through the Federal Energy Management Program.
New Online Training Courses Help Agencies Understand Renewable Tech

Updated courses on Renewable Energy Technology Applications now available through the Federal Energy Management Program.

February 25, 2015
More than 100 energy leaders and innovators recently gathered for a Green Button event in San Diego to share best practices and identify new applications, tools, and services that aim to help homeowners and businesses save energy and money.  | National Institute of Standards and Technology and Energy Department photo
Energy Innovation: Green Button Initiative Empowering Americans to Save Energy and Money

Saving energy benefits both the environment and your wallet. However, before determining which energy-saving strategies and solutions to implement, it’s important to first understand how much energy you consume on a day-to-day basis. To empower residents to make well-informed energy decisions, private and public sector organizations united to establish the Green Button initiative.

February 25, 2015
On February 20, GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini and Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, sign a Memorandum of Understanding, as GSA’s Kevin Kampschroer, Director of Federal High Performance Green Buildings and Christine Harada, Associate Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy applaud. | Energy Department photo
Working Together to Make Government Greener

By Kevin Kampschroer, GSA Director of Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings and Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency 

With hundreds of thousands of facilities and vehicles spread across the globe, the United States government is one of the world’s largest consumers of energy. This highlights how important it is for federal agencies to lead by example in conserving energy and slashing carbon pollution.

February 24, 2015
Previous National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition participant Superior Ecotech is installing its algae production technology at Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado. | Photo courtesy of Superior Ecotech
Where Are They Now? National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition Participants Charting a Path to Success

The Energy Department’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition (NCEBPC) is back for its fourth year, providing prizes nationwide. The goal:  creating a new generation of entrepreneurs to address the nation’s energy challenges and capitalize on America’s investment in clean energy research and education.

February 20, 2015
SunShot Catalyst Innovators Take on Software Challenges to Deploy Solar Technology Across America

New program aims to leverage powerful datasets and use innovative software, information technology, and automation solutions to make it faster, easier, and cheaper than ever before to deploy solar energy technologies.

February 19, 2015
The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Jasmine Ramero found a new career in weatherization with help from the Energy Department.| Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
How the Weatherization Assistance Program Changed Jasmine’s Life

Jasmine Ramero learned how to weatherize homes through a program supported by the Energy Department, as a member of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. She has distinguished herself and was honored as the National Corps Network's Corpsmember of the Year.

February 19, 2015
Former Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary greets contestants of the Solar Car Challenge Competition in 1995. O’Leary was the first Energy Secretary to link energy policy decisions to the health and quality of the environment. | Photo by Warren Gretz, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Black History Month: Former Energy Secretary Broke Barriers and Advanced Clean Energy

Black History Month celebrates the many vital contributions African Americans have made in America’s history.  Today, we’re highlighting African Americans who have helped advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

February 19, 2015
Q&A: Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Your Home through PowerSaver Loans

Steve Dunn with the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office, Better Buildings Residential Program gives us the “411” on a new loan program – available through May 4 – that helps homeowners finance energy efficiency upgrades.