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The SunShot Initiative’s Solar Blog features the latest stories about the work of the solar energy technologies office within the Department of Energy. Learn more about us.

May 31, 2016
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ENERGISE-ing Solutions to Scale Up Distributed Solar

If a utility pole falls in a forest and no energy company employee is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Currently, the answer is no. The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative is trying to fix this problem to alleviate issues for both utilities and their customers.

May 18, 2016
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Halfway There But Far From Done: SunShot Surges Ahead on Path to Affordable Solar Energy

Halfway through the Energy Department’s decade-long SunShot Initiative, today we released a series of reports showing how the solar industry has progressed in the past five years, while looking forward to the challenges and opportunities it now faces. The On the Path to SunShot study series, developed with our national labs, examines the state of the solar industry, which has grown significantly in the last five years and is 70% of the way toward our goal to make solar fully cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy without incentives.

May 3, 2016
With 1 Million Solar Projects Across America, SunShot Shines On

The solar industry recently passed a major milestone when the 1 millionth solar system was installed at a home or business in the United States. Find out what the SunShot Initiative has in store for the future of solar as it continues to spur job growth, economic activity, tax revenue and clean air to all Americans.

April 7, 2016
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Shining Sunlight on SunShot’s Project Portfolio

A new interactive project map gives the public a birds-eye view of more than 200 active projects in EERE's SunShot Initiative. Working to make solar energy cost competitive, SunShot is showing where the projects are, what they're setting out to discover, and more.

March 30, 2016
Deputy Secretary Liz Sherwood-Randall with the graduates of the Solar Ready Vets program at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Image courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.
Graduating to a Bright Tomorrow: Solar Ready Vets Class Graduates from Hill AFB

Deputy Secretary of Energy Liz Sherwood-Randall visited Hill Air Force Base in Utah recently to celebrate with 18 graduates of EERE's Solar Ready Vets program. This program helps transition military veterans into civilian careers in the solar industry, with promising results to date.

February 25, 2016
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Soft Costs 101: The Key to Achieving Cheaper Solar Energy

When buying a solar power system, hardware is not the only expense. There are also "soft costs": permits, financing, installation costs, and more. EERE's SunShot Initiative is working to address those, so that solar power can be even more cost-competitive.

February 18, 2016
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Solar Ready Vets: Inside the Training

EERE's Solar Ready Vets program provides training in solar technology for service members leaving the military. It's a win for both: veterans enter the workforce equipped with skills that are increasingly in demand, while solar technology companies get workers with military discipline and can-do spirit.

January 26, 2016
This two megawatt installation at Denver International Airport is owned by Constellation Energy, a utility based in Baltimore, MD. (Photo Courtesy: Denver International Airport)
Utilities Bringing More Solar Energy to Families and Businesses

The SunShot Initiative works with utilities to help generate, integrate, and distribute solar energy. EERE recently announced $18 million in funding for projects with utilities, potentially allowing hundreds of gigawatts of solar energy to be added to the grid.

January 19, 2016
EERE SunShot’s SHINES Program: Enabling a Rapidly Solarizing Electricity Grid Through Energy Storage

The Department of Energy has recently created the Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI), an ongoing effort that reflects the Obama Administration’s commitment to improve the resiliency, reliability, and security of the nation’s grid, while adding growing amounts of renewable energy.

January 12, 2016
American solar power continued its rapid growth in 2015, adding new jobs 12 times faster than the rest of the economy, while saving customers tens of millions of dollars per year on energy bills. | Photo courtesy of O2emc.
Solar Energy Jobs Outpace U.S. Economy

American solar power continued its rapid growth in 2015, adding new jobs 12 times faster than the rest of the economy, while saving customers tens of millions of dollars per year on energy bills.

January 7, 2016
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In Case You Missed Them: Our Top Blog Posts from December

As we start the new year, we're taking a look back at December 2015--our top blog posts and some favorites we want to share with you. Happy New Year!

November 20, 2015
Making a Difference: Community Solar and Opportunity

Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall met recently with participants in the National Community Solar Partnership Workshop at the White House. Supported by DOE's SunShot Initiative, this group is seeking ways to expand solar power in communities in a variety of ways.

November 13, 2015
6 Charts that Will Make You Optimistic About America’s Clean Energy Future

How wind, solar, LEDs and electric vehicles are leading the way in America's clean energy revolution, visualized in six simple charts.

November 10, 2015
Honoring Our Veterans through Jobs in Solar Energy

The Energy Department honors our nation's veterans through the Solar Ready Vets program, which provides them with the skills to enter America's dynamic solar industry.

September 21, 2015
Vice President Biden Announces New SunShot Projects and Funding Opportunities at Solar Power International Conference

At the Solar Power International conference on September 16, Vice President Joe Biden made one of the largest solar research and development funding announcements to ever come out of our SunShot Initiative. His announcement included more than $102 million in new solar projects and funding now available to private industry, nonprofits, universities, and national laboratories to support American leadership in clean energy innovation.

September 8, 2015
3 Ways Solar Energy Programs Are Helping Achieve President Obama’s Climate Goals

Learn how our SunShot Initiative supports the president's climate change priorities by advancing solar energy.

August 4, 2015
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Entrepreneurs Celebrated at White House Demo Day

Today, President Obama is hosting the first-ever White House Demo Day, showcasing entrepreneurs who have launched innovative businesses across the country. The event will highlight a diverse set of entrepreneurs: people whose stories show why America needs to continue growing our innovation economy and make sure there's plenty of opportunity for everyone to succeed.

July 13, 2015
The New York City College of Technology is weatherproofing its house, called DURA, at a Brooklyn Navy Yard construction site. | Photo courtesy of New York City College of Technology.
Solar Decathlon 2015: Nation’s Leading Sustainable Home Design Competition on the Horizon

The teams are set for this year's Solar Decathlon, which challenges students from around the world to design, build and operate highly energy efficient solar-powered houses.

July 7, 2015
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New Energy Department Partnership Creates Solar Bridges to Energy Security

Despite great recent advances in lowering the cost of solar energy, this technology is not yet affordable for every segment of the population. For low-income communities, solar energy is still viewed as a luxury. But new programs are working to expand access to solar energy and create job opportunities for all Americans.

June 26, 2015
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Training Veterans to Work in the Rapidly Growing Solar Industry

In an effort to help our nation's veterans transition to civilian life, veterans are being trained for jobs in the growing solar industry as part of a workforce program supported by the Energy Department.

June 19, 2015
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Using Maps to Predict Solar Futures

The Energy Department's SunShot Initiative is helping home owners make the choice for solar. Several SunShot partners have develops digital tools that will help assess a home's fitness for adding solar energy.

June 18, 2015
Quiz: Test Your Solar IQ

How much do you know about solar power? Test your knowledge with our solar IQ quiz!

June 17, 2015
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You Don’t Need to Raise the Roof: Cutting Solar Permitting Costs for Wooden Rooftops

A new report from Sandia National Laboratory suggests that one hurdle to installing solar on wooden rooftops--a structural engineering analysis--may be addressed with data showing the strength of comparable rooftops.

May 21, 2015
The Energy Department's SunShot Catalyst prize winners are taking aim at solar energy’s “soft costs.” | Photo Courtesy of NREL.
Startups Tackle Solar Challenges

The Energy Department's SunShot Catalyst prize is working to make solar power more affordable by supporting tech startups with big ideas on how to solve the solar industry's toughest challenges.

April 28, 2015
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NREL Report Shows Big Potential for the Future of Shared Solar

Demand for solar energy continues to increase, but not every home or office can have its own solar installation. Many are opting to "share" solar, owning or leasing part of a solar array, as described in a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.