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October 28, 2014
Solar energy benefits homeowners, the job market, and the planet. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Lab
What Can Solar Do for You

Using solar energy at home can help you save money, protect the planet, increase property values, and create jobs.

October 22, 2014
Solar Blog
New Study Reveals the Power of Solar Schools

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.

September 22, 2014
SunShot Installs Solar Energy System on Local Habitat for Humanity Home

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.

September 3, 2014
EERE Assistant Secretary Dr. David Danielson stands with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont at the state's new regional solar test center. | Photo credit Kevin Fitzmaurice, Energy Department.
Regional Test Centers Breaking Down Barriers to Solar Energy Deployment

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.

June 5, 2014
The <a href="/node/801451">Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System</a> in Ivanpah Dry Lake, California. | Photo by Gilles Mingasson, Getty Images for Bechtel.
The Year of Concentrating Solar Power: Five New Plants to Power America with Clean Energy

Learn about a new report that explains why 2014 is the year for concentrating solar power in the U.S.

May 30, 2014
SunShot Grand Challenge Summit: Bright Outlook to Achieve SunShot Goal

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.

May 20, 2014
SunShot Catalyst: New Prize Challenge Aims to Accelerate Solar Solutions

Energy Department's SunShot Initiative kicks off new prize challenge to find solutions to the solar energy industry’s most pressing problems.

May 5, 2014
<a  href="http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot-summit/registration">Register by May 9</a> to attend the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit, May 19-22, 2014.
Top 5 Reasons to Attend the SunShot Grand Challenge Solar Summit

Anticipation for the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit is heating up. Register now for the event, which is taking place May 19 to May 22 in Anaheim, California.

April 30, 2014
Join the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative for a discussion on all things solar. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Join the Energy Department for a #SolarChat on May 7

You're invited to discuss all things solar during a live #SolarChat on Wednesday, May 7, at 2 p.m.

March 24, 2014
Dr. Lidija Sekaric manages the Technology to Market Program for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's SunShot Initiative.
5 Questions for Scientist Dr. Lidija Sekaric of the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative

Dr. Lidija Sekaric manages the Technology to Market Program for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's SunShot Initiative. Find out what inspired her to become a scientist and what advice she has for others who are interested in pursuing a career in STEM.

March 14, 2014
Photovoltaic arrays at the SunEdison facility at SolarTAC in Aurora, Colorado. Photovoltaics are just one of many clean energy technologies participants of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Postdoctoral Research Award Program work on. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Shining Stars of Solar: Meet Three SunShot Postdoctoral Award Recipients Who Are Making a Difference

From advancing solar technologies, to breaking down market barriers for wide-scale deployment of renewable systems, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Postdoctoral Research Award Program provides America’s best and brightest an opportunity to solve major energy challenges. Read about the experiences of three recent participants and find out how you can apply to the program.

March 6, 2014
Workers install a solar energy system on the rooftop of a home in Golden, Colorado. More than 4,751 megawatts of solar power was installed in the United States last year, an increase of 41%. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Solar Industry Scorches Records

A new report indicates photovoltaic (PV) installations continued their impressive growth in 2013, increasing 41% over 2012 to 4,751 megawatts (MW) of installed power in the United States.

February 10, 2014
What do you want to know about solar energy? Submit your questions in advance of our #AskEnergy Twitter Q&A. | Graphic by <a href="http://energy.gov/contributors/sarah-gerrity">Sarah Gerrity</a>, photo courtesy of NRGEnergy.
#AskEnergy: Live Twitter Q&A on Solar Energy

What do you want to know about solar? Submit your questions on social media in advance of our #AskEnergy Twitter Q&A.

February 3, 2014
MetLife Stadium, the site of yesterday's Super Bowl, features a ring of 1,350 solar panels that can generate 350,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The number of jobs in the U.S. solar energy industry equates to nearly double the amount of seats in the stadium.  Picture courtesy NRG Solar, LLC
Super Bowl of Energy: Solar Smashes Records

Find out how the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative is helping grow the solar industry through workforce training programs.

January 31, 2014
Shared solar projects allow consumers to take advantage of solar energy’s myriad benefits, even though the system is not located on the consumer’s own rooftop. | Photo courtesy of the Vote Solar Initiative
Shared Solar Projects Powering Households Throughout America

An innovative new model for solar deployment, called shared solar, can help Americans take advantage of solar energy’s many benefits regardless of their housing situation.

January 30, 2014
#YearOfAction: Four Ways the Energy Department is Fighting Climate Change

Here's what the Energy Department is doing to reduce carbon pollution, make America more energy independent and secure our nation's energy supplies and infrastructure.

January 29, 2014
During the State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted how the U.S. is a global leader in solar energy. | Photo by Pete Souza, White House.
#YearofAction: Growing the Clean Energy Economy

Highlighting a few of the ways the Energy Department is working to achieve the President's goals by growing the clean energy economy.

January 16, 2014
The installation of this 2,244-panel photovoltaic system on Pinnacle Charter School in Denver, Colorado was fully funded by 456 American investors in 10 days. The project is expected to save the school $1.6 million in electricity costs over the next ten years.| Photo courtesy of Mosaic
Simplifying Solar Project Financing

Sunshot Incubator awardees such as Mosaic are revolutionizing America's solar landscape and helping the nation move to cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy that lower costs for consumers.

December 2, 2013
Soft costs now account for more than 60% of the total price of installing residential solar energy systems. <a href="http://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/infographic-lets-get-work-solar-soft-costs">View the full infographic to learn more</a>.
Help Solve Solar’s Big Challenge

The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative is working to lower soft costs – such as permitting, customer acquisition, and operations – in order to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020. Find out how you can help.

October 22, 2013
Workers from Clean Power Research review a software platform that aims to lower the costs associated with connecting distributed solar electricity generation to the grid. The platform is one of several projects funded through the Energy Department’s SunShot Incubator Program, which provides early-stage assistance to help small businesses cross technological barriers to commercialization.  | Photo courtesy of Clean Power Research
From Mind to Marketplace: SunShot Incubator’s Latest Protégés Get to Work

The SunShot Initiative has announced the eighth class of Incubator awardees, which include some of the solar industry’s best and brightest. This work supports SunShot’s goal to help American families and businesses switch to solar electricity by making it fully cost-competitive with non-renewable forms of electricity by the end of the decade.

September 19, 2013
Solar Blog
A Clean Energy Revolution -- Now

Critics often say America's clean energy future will “always be five years away.” For four key clean energy technologies, that clean energy future has already arrived.

September 17, 2013
#CleanTechNow: America’s Clean Energy Revolution

A new Energy Department report shows how cost reductions and product improvements have sparked a surge in consumer demand for wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles and LED lighting.

August 21, 2013
Solar Classroom Update: Making Clean Energy Upgrades a Back-to-School Priority

From solar installations to air sealing, a guide to investing in clean energy upgrades for schools.

July 24, 2013
Students and instructors at Oglala Lakota College designed, connected and built a mobile solar energy system over the course of two days. | Photo courtesy of Oglala Lakota College.
Sioux Students Kindle Solar Knowledge

How one U.S. army veteran's interest in solar energy created opportunities and possibilities for an entire community.

July 8, 2013
Solar Impulse Lands in New York

Solar Impulse has made history by finishing a cross-country journey across America. Watch breathtaking shots of this solar-powered plane in flight.