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July 28, 2016
Paying For Solar – Tips For Financing a Residential System

After you’ve made the decision to go solar, the next step is figuring out how to pay for it. Assuming you don’t have the cash to buy your solar energy system upfront, like the vast majority of Americans, there are a variety of financing options to help you hitch onto the solar bandwagon and start increasing the value of your home.

July 27, 2016
Solar homes are being sold across the country, but they can be hard to find and compare. Teams from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Elevate Energy are working to ensure that solar is properly represented in multiple listing services. | Photos courtesy of Solar Design Associates, Namaste Solar Electric, and Decker Homes
Shopping for a Solar Home Made Easy — SunShot and the Future of Solar Home-Buying

Solar homes are being sold across the country, but they can be hard to find and compare. Teams from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Elevate Energy are working to ensure that solar is properly represented in multiple listing services, the searchable databases used by real estate professionals and house hunters.

July 26, 2016
Hydropower Vision: New Report Highlights Future Pathways for U.S. Hydropower

Hydropower has been around for more than a century and is currently the nation's largest source of clean, domestic renewable electricity. Our new Hydropower Vision report explores how it could grow by 2050.

July 26, 2016
There are a lot of misconceptions about residential solar. | Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
5 Common Myths About Residential Solar

The amount of solar connected to the grid has grown exponentially in the past several years, and with all of this interest and so much information available, let’s take a moment to separate fact from fiction. The SunShot Initiative has debunked the top 5 myths about residential solar.

July 25, 2016
SunShot Programs Bring Solar Energy Basics to Real Estate Pros

Recent research shows that adding solar to your home — much like renovating the kitchen or finishing the basement — can boost your home's value and resulting home sale price.

July 22, 2016
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has a new acting assistant secretary in David Friedman who plans to continue to support EERE’s clean energy revolution and help strengthen its innovation ecosystem.
Friedman Sets Sights on Accelerating America's Transition to a Clean Energy Economy

The latest issue of Amped Up! Magazine introduces the EERE's new Acting Assistant Secretary David Friedman, who plans to continue to support EERE’s clean energy revolution and help strengthen its innovation ecosystem.

July 21, 2016
This solar system, installed at a home in Santa Fe, benefitted from the New Mexico Solar Market Development Tax Credit.
Energy Department Catalyzes New Mexico Solar Boom

The Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP) has been critical to the expansion of solar energy in New Mexico by investing more than $2 million in in New Mexico’s State Energy Office – the Energy Conservation and Management Division. As a result, the state now ranks 13th nationally in installed solar capacity with about 2,000 residents are employed in solar as of Nov. 2015.

July 19, 2016
PACE Adds Market Value for Home Energy Upgrades

New partnerships and resources announced by the Energy Department will bring the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy to more communities with more people able to affordably make clean energy investments due a special financing program.

July 19, 2016
5 Things to Know When Filling Up Your Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

Filling up your fuel cell electric vehicle is just as easy as filling up a gasoline powered car. The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) offers five tips to follow when filling up at a hydrogen fuel station for the first time.

July 18, 2016
An Energy Department buoy that recently ended a 19-month deployment off Virginia Beach, Virginia, collected a wealth of data that is now available to help offshore wind industry partners optimize offshore wind farm development and design. Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
EERE Success Story—Remote Data Collected by High-Tech Research Buoy Now Available to Offshore Wind Industry

Energy Department Buoy Holds Record for Longest Single Deployment After Collecting 19 Months of Data Off Virginia Coast

One of two research buoys commissioned by the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has ended a 19-month deployment off Virginia Beach, Virginia. During this time, the heavily instrumented buoy collected a wealth of information, which forms the first publicly accessible database to help improve offshore turbine development and reduce barriers to private investment in the offshore wind industry.

July 15, 2016
Penn State University Puts Collegiate Wind Competition-Winning Turbine on Display

The Pennsylvania State University took top honors at the Collegiate Wind Competition back in May, and this past week the winning team came to Washington, D.C., to display its prize-winning wind turbine at the Energy Department's headquarters.

July 12, 2016
Progress on President Obama’s “Lab to Market” Initiative

Lab-Corps, an entrepreneurial boot-camp, helps scientists transition their research to the market.

July 11, 2016
D.C. Showcases Cutting-Edge Hydrogen Fueling Station Demo

The Department of Energy and the Department of Interior’s National Park Service have officially opened a new technology demonstration hydrogen refueling station in Washington, D.C. This hydrogen station should help grow and advance the benefits of hydrogen power as a fuel, and highlight the benefits of fuel cell electric vehicles firsthand throughout the region.

July 7, 2016
A pilot-scale polymerization reactor sits in the middle, with the ACOMP system on the left side and the control interface on the right side.
EERE Success Story—AMO Sponsored Research Continues to Advance Polymer Manufacturing Methods

Polymers play a critical role in the things we touch and use every day. They are used to make things like plastics bags and bottles, materials for clothes, medical devices such as syringes, components for phones and computers, and light-weight composites for planes, cars, and buildings. Polymers also have applications in batteries for large scale energy storage from renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.

July 6, 2016
Come to Bioenergy 2016 to Support Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation

This summer, we’ll be gathering for our conference, Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation, on July 12–14, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Clean Energy Research & Education Foundation.

July 5, 2016
EERE Success Story—Instrumentation Database Provides a Shared Forum to Increase Project Success

Instrumentation is the Achilles’ heel of testing. Due to the impact that the conditions found in marine environments place on a device’s ability to function in the water, the need to have the most ideal and high-quality measurements is critical to the success of any test being planned. The salty and turbulent nature of the ocean creates a harsh environment that challenges even the best designed instrument. With a vast range of instruments and performance metrics that can cost tens of thousands of dollars, how does one select the best technology to put in the water?

July 5, 2016
Led by the Departments of Commerce and Energy, U.S. government agencies are helping American clean energy companies export their renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to foreign markets.
U.S. Government Agencies Enhancing Their Services for Clean Energy Exporters

Now that the Paris Agreement has catalyzed new urgency to address climate change, the world’s demand for renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions is expected to increase exponentially. Manufacturers and service providers in the United States, which are well respected globally for innovative and reliable technologies, are gearing up for clean energy export opportunities.

July 5, 2016 Mini-Doc: Behind the Scenes at the Collegiate Wind Competition

Go behind the scenes at the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition as we follow students who will make a big difference in America's clean energy future.

June 30, 2016
First-Ever Sustainable Transportation Summit to Talk Future of Transportation, Energy, and Mobility

The inaugural 2016 Sustainable Transportation Summit will serve as a forum to share ideas and perspectives on opportunities to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of advanced transportation technologies and smart mobility systems over the next decade.

June 29, 2016
Pictured above is a test section of Brayton Energy’s newly designed solar receiver | Photo courtesy of Brayton Energy
EERE Success Story—Solar Receiver Redesign Enables CSP to Beam Ahead

Next generation concentrating solar power (CSP) system designs use supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) turbine power cycles to more efficiently convert solar thermal energy to electricity and to reduce the cost of CSP technology. Because sCO2 power cycles work best at very high temperatures and under intense pressure, a CSP system needs receivers and heat exchangers that can withstand these conditions.

June 29, 2016
Wanda Forrest, Coordinator of the Northern Florida Clean Fuels Coalition in Jacksonville, and Mike Scarpino, of Clean Cities, standing next to a compressed natural gas vehicle. | Photo courtesy of Clean Cities
Clean Cities Welcomes New North Florida Coalition

The Energy Department’s Clean Cities program has welcomed the Northern Florida Clean Fuels Coalition in Jacksonville into its network of nearly 100 coalitions across the country. As part of Clean Cities, this group will continue to minimize the use of petroleum in transportation throughout their area.

June 28, 2016
The Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment program, also known as GEARED, is a training and education framework that prepares current and future utility-sector professionals to operate the electric grid with increasingly higher levels of solar electricity.
Preparing Students for Our Nation’s Changing Energy Portfolio

The utility sector is going through a rapid transformation as more renewables come online and more Americans choose to go solar. Adding large quantities of distributed energy onto the grid requires the workforce to acquire new knowledge and skills, which SunShot is enabling through its GEARED program.

June 27, 2016
The just-released 2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review captures the exciting achievements of the field of algal biofuels, as well as articulates new challenges, lessons learned, and critical next steps. | Photo courtesy of Sapphire, Las Cruces
Release of the 2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review Charts Path Forward for Algae

The 2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review, which was just released today, captures the exciting achievements of the field of algal biofuels, as well as articulates new challenges, lessons learned, and critical next steps.

June 27, 2016
Heavy-duty trucks are getting more efficient thanks to the Energy Department's SuperTruck initiative.
SuperTruck Leading the Way for Efficiency in Heavy-Duty, Long-Haul Vehicles

Nearly all Americans rely on heavy-duty, long-haul trucks that haul our goods and services, deliver our food, and help keep our economy humming along. Thanks to the Energy Department's widely successful SuperTruck Initiative, these vehicles are becoming more fuel-efficient, which saves money spent on gas and reduces harmful carbon emissions.

June 23, 2016
Heila Technologies, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won the 2016 Cleantech UP National Competition. | Energy Department photo.
Cleantech University Prize Highlights Next Generation of Clean Energy Innovators

Energy Department competition supports student entrepreneurs and helps spur development of new clean energy technologies.