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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Solar Ready Vets program is providing our nation's veterans with the skills and training they need for jobs in America's growing solar energy industry. The program is expanding to 10 military bases across the country.
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.
America's military veterans have the leadership qualities and talent we need to move the clean energy economy forward. Nonetheless, when the time comes to leave the service, transitioning to any new career presents a challenge for many service members. To help them build the skills they need to gain employment in a quickly growing U.S. solar market, the Energy Department today announced a new solar job training pilot program at three military bases -- Camp Pendleton, Fort Carson and Naval Station Norfolk.
Every three weeks, the U.S. brings as much solar power online as we installed for the entire year in 2008. Did you know you can still reap the benefits of this solar boom without installing anything at your home? Shared solar programs, such as the ones highlighted in this graphic, enable communities to increase access to affordable, sustainable solar power. Find out how the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative works to expand and improve shared solar programs all across America.
Today marks an important day for America’s clean energy economy with the release of The Solar Foundation’s annual National Solar Jobs Census, which shows the solar industry’s explosive growth is creating thousands of new, highly skilled jobs throughout the country. Find out how the SunShot Initiative is supporting this rapidly expanding workforce.
As rooftop solar power systems increasingly pop up on homes and businesses across the country, a new challenge is emerging: how to integrate greater amounts of distributed solar generation so more consumers can safely and reliably reap the benefits of this clean, renewable energy source. A SunShot Initiative project is addressing this issue by testing advanced inverters, which are critical to ensuring the power grid effectively responds to changes in electrical load.
A new study funded by the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, “Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools," found that solar installations on U.S. public and private K-12 schools is increasing, providing renewable energy, cost savings, and other benefits for school systems across the country.
Working with GRID Alternatives, the nation's largest solar non-profit, DOE's SunShot Initiative team enjoyed a day in the sun on a rooftop in Washington, D.C., where we volunteered to install a solar energy system on a Habitat for Humanity home. GRID installed solar electric systems on 10 affordable homes developed by Habitat for Humanity in the Ivy City neighborhood in Northeast D.C.
The Energy Department—in partnership with National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories—established five Regional Test Centers (RTC) across the nation that are making progress in removing barriers to wide-scale deployment of solar power.
Last week, hundreds of solar energy leaders gathered in southern California to participate in SunShot’s biennial Grand Challenge Summit. Read a recap of the four-day event, which focused on making solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy by 2020.