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The SunShot Initiative supports the research and development of photovoltaic (PV) technologies to improve efficiency and reliability and to lower manufacturing costs in order to make solar electricity cost-competitive with other sources of energy by 2020. As of November 2015, four years into the decade-long SunShot Initiative, the solar industry is about 70% of the way to achieving SunShot’s cost target of $0.06 per kilowatt-hour for utility-scale PV (based on 2010 baseline figures).

Data courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Chart by Daniel Wood.

SunShot advances PV efforts through two competitive funding mechanisms:

Check out the 2014 SunShot Initiative Portfolio Book to find a full list of all SunShot's PV projects as of May 2014.

Learn more about SunShot’s PV R&D program and funding priorities, and read a paper on PV technology pathways to the SunShot goals.