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April 15, 2016
Energy Department Announces $4 Million for Projects Launching the Orange Button Solar Energy Data Initiative

The Energy Department today announced nearly $4 million for projects to increase access to solar data.

April 11, 2016
New Fannie Mae Energy Program Helps Americans Go Solar

Fannie Mae has released a new program that will enable more Americans to invest in energy efficiency, which includes solar. The HomeStyle Energy Program is a new mortgage option that gives borrowers the ability to complete clean energy upgrades up to 15% of the as-completed appraised property value of the home.

April 1, 2016
New Tax Regulations Help Further Low Income Solar

Newly published regulations from the IRS will help more low-income residents benefit from solar installations. The IRS issued temporary rules to clarify the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit’s (LIHTC) utility allowance regulations, which allow people who fall into the low-income category to receive a tax credit.

March 25, 2016
SunShot’s National Laboratory Projects Target Grid Integration Challenges

National Laboratories are tackling systems integration challenges through the SunShot National Laboratory Multiyear Partnership (SuNLaMP) funding program. These research and development projects will enable hundreds of gigawatts of solar energy to be integrated reliably and cost-effectively onto the U.S. electric power grid.

March 10, 2016
SunShot Initiative Launches New Fellowship Program

The Energy Department today announced the SunShot Innovator-in-Residence Fellowship Program, which is available to professionals at all of the Department’s national laboratories who have demonstrated outstanding and distinguished success in technology innovation across various fields. This new program will complement other fellowships available to exceptional scientists, engineers, researchers, and managers. People with experience outside of solar energy are strongly encouraged to apply.

February 8, 2016
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Energy Department Announces $21 Million to Lower Solar Energy Deployment Barriers

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $21 million in new funding to lower solar energy deployment barriers and expand access to solar energy to all Americans.

January 19, 2016
Energy Department Announces $18 Million to Develop Solar Energy Storage Solutions, Boost Grid Resiliency

As part of the Energy Department’s Grid Modernization Initiative announced by Secretary Ernest Moniz last week to improve the resiliency, reliability and security of the nation’s electrical power grid, DOE today announced $18 million in funding for six new projects across the United States.

December 14, 2015
Philadelphia Mayor Nutter welcomed teams to Philadelphia, which he is trying to make the "Greenest City in America"
Seven Teams Win Big at Catalyst Energy Innovation Demo Day

The Energy Department today announced the seven winners of the second round of the Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize Demo Day, which were chosen out of 19 finalist startups. Each of the contestants faced a diverse panel of judges and an audience of nearly 100 local and regional innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors as they demonstrated their energy software solutions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 10th. Winners will receive up to $100,000 each to help advance their early-stage solutions toward commercialization.

November 16, 2015
Energy Department Announces Nearly $23 Million in Awards to Bring New Solar Technologies to Market

In support of President Obama’s comprehensive efforts to combat climate change and develop low-carbon alternatives to traditional electricity sources, the Energy Department today announced $22.7 million for 23 projects that will significantly reduce the costs for solar energy systems across a variety of technologies.

November 13, 2015
<a href="/node/1382076">2015 Revolution…Now report </a> details the state of several clean energy technologies in the U.S. that provide technology solutions to climate change.  | National Renewable Energy Laboratory photo
Secretary Moniz Announces Clean Energy Technologies are Accelerating in the U.S. Marketplace According to New Revolution…Now Report

Secretary Moniz Announces Clean Energy Technologies are Accelerating in the U.S. Marketplace According to New Revolution…Now Report

September 16, 2015
Energy Department Announces $102 Million to Tackle Solar Challenges, Expand Access to Clean Electricity

Energy Department announces more than $102 million in new projects and available funding to support American leadership in clean energy innovation.

September 11, 2015
The Energy Department's SunShot Catalyst prize winners from the competition’s first cycle pose with their awards. | Photo Courtesy of NREL.
Catalyst Business Innovation Finalists Announced

The second cycle of the Catalyst prize program is taking off with today's announcement of the finalists who will enter the prototyping contest. The finalists were selected following the business innovation contest, designed to help teams form and explore business solutions to the most compelling problems facing solar energy.

August 26, 2015
Energy Department Announces up to $4 Million for 2017 and 2019 Solar Decathlon Program Administrator

In support of President Obama's commitment to a clean energy future, the Energy Department today announced up to $4 million in funding available to one recipient to organize, manage, and conduct the Solar Decathlon competitions in 2017 and 2019. This funding will support the Department’s commitment to improving the nation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education efforts, and to building a more knowledge-intensive workforce.

August 26, 2015
Energy Department Opens Competition to Select Student Teams for Solar Decathlon 2017

In support of President Obama’s commitment to a clean energy workforce, the Energy Department today announced for the first time that up to $2 million in prize money will be awarded to collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. Colleges, universities, and other post-secondary educational institutions are welcome to submit proposals, which are reviewed, scored, and ranked based on a merit review process.

August 18, 2015
Solar Powered Bike Visits the Department of Energy

Marissa Muller set out on a mission to ignite a wellness revolution across America. She successfully travel 3,000+ miles on a solar-powered bicycle, visiting many states along the way and holding meetings to engage locals, encouraging them to take action on improving their physical, mental, social, and enviornmental well-being.

August 12, 2015
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Latest Report Shows Cost of Going Solar has Dropped Significantly for 5 Years

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab today released the eighth installment of the Tracking the Sun report series, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. The report shows that the installed price of distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States continues to fall precipitously, especially in the last 5 years.

August 6, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on H-Prize Safety Guidelines, Fuel Economy Resources, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.  Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

Upcoming Webinars

August 6:  Live Webinar on H2 Refuel H-Prize Safety Guidance

Webinar Sponsor: Fuel Cell Technologies Office

July 27, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on the SunShot Catalyst Prize Program, Buildings of the Future, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

July 9, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Rethinking Building Design, the SunShot Catalyst Prize, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

May 26, 2015
Energy Department Announces $32 Million to Boost Solar Workforce Training, Drive Solar Energy Innovation

Today, the Energy Department is announcing $32 million in funding to help train American workers for the solar energy workforce and to further drive down the cost of solar by developing innovative low-cost concentrating solar power collectors and increasing access to critical solar data.

May 21, 2015
SunShot Announces Solar Start-Up Winners of Catalyst Demo Day

The Energy Department today announced the five winners of the first round of the SunShot Catalyst prize competition, which were chosen out of 17 finalist start-ups that demonstrated their solar energy software solutions before a packed house and a panel of judges in San Francisco on May 14.

May 7, 2015
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Media Advisory: 2015 SunShot Catalyst Prize Demo Day

Members of the media are invited to attend the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Catalyst prize Demo Day in San Francisco on Thursday, May 14.

The SunShot Catalyst prize program is designed to address many of the challenges preventing ubiquitous, affordable solar energy deployment by connecting American innovators to the tools, capabilities, data assets, and resources developed by the Energy Department and its national laboratories. The competition leverages each of these assets to launch cutting-edge solar companies and tackle time-sensitive market challenges.

On Demo Day, 17 finalists who have successfully completed the competition’s ideation, business innovation, and prototyping contests will publicly demonstrate their products to a panel of judges. The five winners will be eligible for up to $100,000 to help bring their early stage solutions to market. Audience members will participate by voting live on their favorite business pitches.

March 17, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Hiring Veterans for Solar Energy Jobs, Tribal Energy Development Best Practices, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

March 4, 2015
Energy Department's Race to 7-Day Solar Prize Competition to Speed Solar Deployment

The Energy Department today announced final rules for a prize competition to make it faster, cheaper, and easier for Americans to install solar energy systems and spur solar deployment nationwide.

February 26, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on the Energy Department's Quadrennial Technology Review, SunShot Incubator Virtual Company Showcase, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.