EERE plays a key role in advancing America's "all of the above" energy strategy, 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. These efforts have catalyzed growth in a sector that more than doubled the U.S. supply of solar power from 2008 to 2012, reduced solar energy installation costs by more than 30%, and grown to employ more than 100,000 people in all 50 states and several territories.
The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) drives research, manufacturing, and market solutions through its management of the DOE SunShot Initiative, which is a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade.
EERE'S WORK IN SOLAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Concentrating Solar Power
Solar energy systems that supply solar power on demand through the use of thermal storage
Minimizing Impact on Grid Operation
High-penetration solar activities that are aimed at understanding, anticipating, and minimizing grid operation impacts
Making solar electricity cost-competitive and improving solar cell efficiency, reliability, and cost
Projects funded by DOE that aim to meet the goals of the SunShot Initiative
Integration with the Power Grid
Systems integration activities that allow solar energy to integrate seamlessly with the national power grid
Solar Water Heating Programs at Utilities
The Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative that helps utilities learn about solar water heating programs and develop their own
Reducing Soft Costs
Balance of systems activities that reduce non-hardware costs, lower barriers, and foster growth of solar
Solar Energy Resource Center
Resources and best practices for implementing solar