EERE plays a key role in advancing America's booming solar industry, leading a large network of researchers and other partners to deliver innovative technologies that will make renewable electricity generation cost-competitive with traditional sources of energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) leads a large network of researchers and other partners to deliver innovative solar photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies that will make solar energy cost competitive with traditional sources of energy.
From 1975 to 2008, more solar energy patents were linked to DOE than to any other organization in the world. Since President Obama took office, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S. has increased from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to an estimated 21.3 GW as of the end of the first quarter of 2015. That’s enough to power the equivalent of 4.3 million average American homes.
The Solar Energy Technologies Office works to accelerate the market competitiveness of solar energy by targeting cost reductions and supporting increased solar deployment. Through its SunShot Initiative, DOE supports efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost solar electricity. The Solar Powering America website makes it simple for communities, businesses, organizations and state and local governments to both learn about and commit to choosing solar.
EERE'S WORK IN SOLAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Making solar electricity cost-competitive and improving solar cell efficiency, reliability, and cost
Concentrating Solar Power
Solar energy systems that supply solar power on demand through the use of thermal storage
Systems integration activities that allow solar energy to integrate seamlessly with the national power grid
Reducing Soft Costs
Balance of systems activities that reduce non-hardware costs, lower barriers, and foster growth of solar
Bringing New Technologies to Market
Targeting two known funding gaps in bringing new technologies to market--those that occur at the prototype commercialization stage, as well as those at the commercial scale-up stage
Solar Energy Resource Center
Resources and best practices for deploying solar energy
SunShot Incubator Program
Provides early-stage assistance to help startup solar companies cross technological barriers to commercialization while encouraging private sector investment