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EERE Success Stories

  • Electric Cooperatives Channel Solar Resources to Rural American Communities

    More Americans in major cities are powering their homes and businesses with clean and renewable solar electricity as the cost of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems decline dramatically. Working with member co-ops, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is spearheading a national initiative to make going solar cheaper, faster, and easier in rural American communities.

  • DOE Industry Partnerships Lead to Widespread Adoption of Efficient Commercial Air Conditioners

    The Department of Energy (DOE) partnered with manufacturers and businesses to launch a multi-faceted program that has transformed an entire market—from a time not long ago, when zero high efficiency RTUs were commercially available, to a historic standard that ensures all businesses will have access to energy-saving RTUs. Learn about the process step-by-step below.

  • Challenge Accepted: Reducing the Soft Costs of Going Solar

    Every year, it becomes even more affordable to “go solar.” However, one thing remains consistent: the non-hardware, or “soft” costs related to permitting, installation, and maintenance account for more than half of the cost of an installed rooftop solar array. The SunShot Initiative’s Rooftop Solar Challenge funding program is successfully reducing these costs and providing a framework for others to do the same.

  • Performance Improvements for Factory-Built Homes

    The ARIES Collaborative, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America research team, recently developed and evaluated methods to reduce energy use in factory-built housing, as compared to best practice HUD-code construction.

This collection of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) success stories highlights the positive impact of its work with businesses, industry partners, universities, research labs, and other entities to increase the use and effectiveness of affordable renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. EERE's success stories are categorized by technology topic. Browse crosscutting initiative and commercialization successes, view partner testimonials about working with EERE, or read success stories by topic below.