You are here

Solar

February 7, 2014
SunShot Grand Challenge Summit 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Peer Review. Visit the Grand Challenge Summit website today to access registration rates and instructions, the event program, useful resources, travel and venue information, and stay up-to-date on the latest Summit news and announcements.

February 6, 2014
In Austin, Energy Secretary Moniz Announces New ARPA-E Solar Projects

$30 Million “FOCUS” Program Supports 12 Projects that Develop Cost-Effective Solar Energy

February 4, 2014
Interview with ARPA-E: The Future of Semiconductors

Learn how next-generation power conversion devices could transform how power is controlled and converted through the grid, increasing reliability and saving energy and money.

RSS
February 3, 2014
Solar Blog

Lists EERE blog articles about solar.

June 26, 2014
The Mineirão Stadium, with its six thousand solar panels, is ready for more World Cup Action | Photo courtesy of Renato Cobucci/Imprensa/MG
Shining Some Light on the World Cup's Efficiency Efforts

Brazil strives for energy efficiency with solar powered stadiums during the 2014 World Cup.

June 5, 2014
The <a href="/node/801451">Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System</a> in Ivanpah Dry Lake, California. | Photo by Gilles Mingasson, Getty Images for Bechtel.
The Year of Concentrating Solar Power: Five New Plants to Power America with Clean Energy

Learn about a new report that explains why 2014 is the year for concentrating solar power in the U.S.

May 30, 2014
SunShot Grand Challenge Summit: Bright Outlook to Achieve SunShot Goal

Last week, hundreds of solar energy leaders gathered in southern California to participate in SunShot’s biennial Grand Challenge Summit. Read a recap of the four-day event, which focused on making solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy by 2020.

May 22, 2014
Solar Community Comes Out in Full Force for SunShot Grand Challenge Summit

A packed crowd of leaders across the solar community gathered in Anaheim, California, for the 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit.

May 20, 2014
SunShot Catalyst: New Prize Challenge Aims to Accelerate Solar Solutions

Energy Department's SunShot Initiative kicks off new prize challenge to find solutions to the solar energy industry’s most pressing problems.

May 13, 2014
White House Solar Panels Are a Symbol of Solar’s Progress

Solar panels on the roof of the White House send the message that solar is here.

May 5, 2014
<a  href="http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot-summit/registration">Register by May 9</a> to attend the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit, May 19-22, 2014.
Top 5 Reasons to Attend the SunShot Grand Challenge Solar Summit

Anticipation for the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit is heating up. Register now for the event, which is taking place May 19 to May 22 in Anaheim, California.

May 5, 2014
#SolarIsNow: Recap of Our Recent Twitter Chat

A play-by-play of a recent twitter discussion on solar energy.

April 30, 2014
Join the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative for a discussion on all things solar. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Join the Energy Department for a #SolarChat on May 7

You're invited to discuss all things solar during a live #SolarChat on Wednesday, May 7, at 2 p.m.

April 29, 2014
Agua Caliente, located in Yuma County, Arizona, is now the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the world. | Photo courtesy of NRG Energy.
Agua Caliente, World's Largest Solar Photovoltaic Plant, Helps Advance America's Solar Leadership

Announcing the launch of Agua Caliente, a utility-scale solar plant that will generate enough clean electricity to power thousands of homes.

April 17, 2014
Sandia National Laboratories researcher Matt Lave uses pyranometers like these to measure the amount of irradiance, or available sunlight. | Photo by Dino Vournas.
New Simulation Tool Could Help Add More Solar to the Nation¹s Electric Grid

What happens to solar panels when it's cloudy out? New research sheds light.

April 7, 2014
Americans' use of wind energy -- like that produced at this wind farm in Montana -- grew by 18 percent in 2013 over the previous year. | Photo courtesy of Free Images.
Four Snapshots of American Energy Use

Americans used more energy in 2013 than they did in 2012, including more renewable, nuclear and fossil energy. Learn other facts about American energy use trends.

March 24, 2014
Sun Rises on Tribal Energy Future in Nevada

The Moapa Band of Paiute in Nevada makes history with the first utility-scale solar project on tribal land.

March 24, 2014
Dr. Lidija Sekaric manages the Technology to Market Program for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's SunShot Initiative.
5 Questions for Scientist Dr. Lidija Sekaric of the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative

Dr. Lidija Sekaric manages the Technology to Market Program for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's SunShot Initiative. Find out what inspired her to become a scientist and what advice she has for others who are interested in pursuing a career in STEM.

March 14, 2014
Photovoltaic arrays at the SunEdison facility at SolarTAC in Aurora, Colorado. Photovoltaics are just one of many clean energy technologies participants of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Postdoctoral Research Award Program work on. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Shining Stars of Solar: Meet Three SunShot Postdoctoral Award Recipients Who Are Making a Difference

From advancing solar technologies, to breaking down market barriers for wide-scale deployment of renewable systems, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Postdoctoral Research Award Program provides America’s best and brightest an opportunity to solve major energy challenges. Read about the experiences of three recent participants and find out how you can apply to the program.

March 6, 2014
Workers install a solar energy system on the rooftop of a home in Golden, Colorado. More than 4,751 megawatts of solar power was installed in the United States last year, an increase of 41%. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Solar Industry Scorches Records

A new report indicates photovoltaic (PV) installations continued their impressive growth in 2013, increasing 41% over 2012 to 4,751 megawatts (MW) of installed power in the United States.

March 6, 2014
<div class="field field-name-field-map-byline field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div  class="field-item odd">Graphics by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>. Interactivity by <a href="/node/712881">Daniel Wood</a>. </div></div></div>
Space-Based Solar Power

Capturing solar power in space for use as energy on Earth seems farfetched. But recent developments could make this a reality in coming years.

February 26, 2014
All-of-the-Above is Making a Difference Across America

President Obama’s plan to develop all sources of American energy is helping the U.S. fight climate change, increase energy security and create opportunities for middle class families.

February 14, 2014
The Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System was dedicated on Thursday, February 13, 2014. | Photo courtesy of Mingasson/Getty Images for Bechtel.
Making Solar Power History at Ivanpah

See photos and relive the best moments from the dedication events for Ivanpah, the world's largest concentrating solar power plant.

February 13, 2014
<div class="field field-name-field-map-byline field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div  class="field-item odd">Data provided by <a href="/exit?url=http%3A//www.csp-world.com/" rel="nofollow">CSP World</a>. Map by <a href="http://energy.gov/contributors/daniel-wood">Daniel Wood</a>.</div></div></div>
MAP: Concentrating Solar Power Across the United States

Explore our latest map, charting the location of concentrating solar power plants across the country.

February 12, 2014
<div class="field field-name-field-map-byline field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div  class="field-item odd">Data courtesy of National Renewable Energy Lab. Chart by <a href="http://energy.gov/contributors/daniel-wood">Daniel Wood</a>.</div></div></div>
Progress Report: Advancing Solar Energy Across America

Where do we stand in driving down the cost of solar energy technologies?

February 10, 2014
What do you want to know about solar energy? Submit your questions in advance of our #AskEnergy Twitter Q&A. | Graphic by <a href="http://energy.gov/contributors/sarah-gerrity">Sarah Gerrity</a>, photo courtesy of NRGEnergy.
#AskEnergy: Live Twitter Q&A on Solar Energy

What do you want to know about solar? Submit your questions on social media in advance of our #AskEnergy Twitter Q&A.

February 4, 2014
Interview with ARPA-E: The Future of Semiconductors

Learn how next-generation power conversion devices could transform how power is controlled and converted through the grid, increasing reliability and saving energy and money.

February 3, 2014
MetLife Stadium, the site of yesterday's Super Bowl, features a ring of 1,350 solar panels that can generate 350,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The number of jobs in the U.S. solar energy industry equates to nearly double the amount of seats in the stadium.  Picture courtesy NRG Solar, LLC
Super Bowl of Energy: Solar Smashes Records

Find out how the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative is helping grow the solar industry through workforce training programs.

January 31, 2014
Shared solar projects allow consumers to take advantage of solar energy’s myriad benefits, even though the system is not located on the consumer’s own rooftop. | Photo courtesy of the Vote Solar Initiative
Shared Solar Projects Powering Households Throughout America

An innovative new model for solar deployment, called shared solar, can help Americans take advantage of solar energy’s many benefits regardless of their housing situation.

RSS
February 3, 2014
Solar News

Lists EERE press releases about Solar.

March 11, 2014
U.S. and Colombia to Collaborate on First Solar Decathlon in Latin America

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, Colombia's Minister of Energy and Mines Amylkar Acosta, Mayor of Santiago de Calí Rodrigo Guerrero, and Director of Planning of Colombia Tatyana Orozco signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the development of a Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean competition.

March 10, 2014
Energy Department Awards $2.2 Million to Drive Innovative Solutions, Lower Costs of Solar

The Energy Department today announced $2.2 million for three California projects to help lower the costs of solar electricity and increase deployment nationwide.

February 26, 2014
Army Awards 20 Additional Contracts for Renewable Energy Technologies

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded another 20 contracts to companies for biomass energy, solar energy, and wind energy technologies.

February 26, 2014
DOI Announces Two Solar Projects Approved in California, Nevada

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced the approval of two solar energy projects located near the Nevada-California border that are expected to supply 550 megawatts of renewable energy.

February 19, 2014
Energy Department Announces Student Teams for Solar Decathlon 2015

The Energy Department announced the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 and unveiled the competition's location - the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

February 19, 2014
World's Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant Opens in California

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s largest concentrating solar power plant, officially opened on February 13.

February 13, 2014
Energy Department Announces Student Teams, Location for Solar Decathlon 2015

At an event today in Irvine, Calif., U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman will announce the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 and unveil the competition’s location.

February 13, 2014
Energy Secretary Moniz Dedicates World’s Largest Concentrating Solar Power Project

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will participate today in the opening of the Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System, the world’s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant.

February 6, 2014
In Austin, Energy Secretary Moniz Announces New ARPA-E Solar Projects

$30 Million “FOCUS” Program Supports 12 Projects that Develop Cost-Effective Solar Energy

January 29, 2014
Report: U.S. Solar Jobs Grew 20% Since Last Year

The Solar Foundation released its National Solar Jobs Census 2013, which found that the U.S. solar industry added nearly 24,000 workers in 2013, a 20% increase over 2012.

January 27, 2014
Statement by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on 2013 Solar Jobs Census

Secretary Moniz issued a statement on the 2013 Solar Jobs Census.

January 22, 2014
Report: U.S. Military Accelerates Deployment of Clean Energy Technologies

Deployment of clean energy technologies is accelerating across military installations operated by the U.S. Department of Defense, according to a report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

December 11, 2013
Presidential Memorandum Boosts Federal Energy Management

President Obama signed a memorandum directing the federal government to consume 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

November 20, 2013
Energy Department Announces $19 Million to Drive Down Solar Soft Costs, Increase Hardware Efficiency

The Energy Department today announced $19 million to reduce both hardware and non-hardware costs of solar and to drive greater solar energy deployment in the United States.

September 5, 2013
New Study Shows Solar Manufacturing Costs Not Driven Primarily by Labor

Production scale, not lower labor costs, drives China's current advantage in manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems, according to a new report released today by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

September 20, 2012
Meadville, Pennsylvania’s Allegheny College Highlighted by U.S. Energy Department for Its Investments in Clean Energy

Support for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Benefitting Local Community, Workers

August 16, 2012
University of Minnesota Morris Clean Energy Investments Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy

Through the Departments “Clean Energy in Our Community” Video Series

July 24, 2012
Obama Administration Releases Roadmap for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of the Interior, in partnership with the Department of Energy, will publish the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development in six southwestern states.

July 18, 2012
U.S. Energy Department Launches “Clean Energy in Our Community” Video Series

Video by Luther College highlights positive impact of clean energy in Decorah, Iowa

June 13, 2012
Energy Department Announces New Concentrating Solar Power Technology Investments to American Industry, Universities

Announcement Builds on SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Denver, Colorado June 13-14

May 22, 2012
Circleville, Ohio Solar Plant Shows Value of Clean Energy Tax Credits

Energy Secretary Applauds DuPont Solar Manufacturing Plant Expansion, Calls for Extension of Manufacturing Tax Credit

January 26, 2012
Energy Department Announces Student Teams, New Location for Solar Decathlon 2013

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and unveiled the competition’s location, the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

September 30, 2011
Energy Department Finalizes $1.2 Billion Loan Guarantee to Support California Solar Generation

Project funds more than 350 jobs and avoids more than 425,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually

September 30, 2011
Energy Department Finalizes Loan Guarantee for Transformational Rooftop Solar Project

Largest rooftop project in U.S. history will enable wide distribution of solar power across country while funding at least a thousand jobs

September 30, 2011
Energy Department Finalizes $646 Million Loan Guarantee to Support Innovative Solar Power Plant

Project Funds Hundreds of Jobs in California and Deploys Innovative Technologies that Improve Efficiency and Reliability of Solar Power

January 30, 2014
#YearOfAction: Four Ways the Energy Department is Fighting Climate Change

Here's what the Energy Department is doing to reduce carbon pollution, make America more energy independent and secure our nation's energy supplies and infrastructure.

January 29, 2014
During the State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted how the U.S. is a global leader in solar energy. | Photo by Pete Souza, White House.
#YearofAction: Growing the Clean Energy Economy

Highlighting a few of the ways the Energy Department is working to achieve the President's goals by growing the clean energy economy.

January 29, 2014
Report: U.S. Solar Jobs Grew 20% Since Last Year

The Solar Foundation released its National Solar Jobs Census 2013, which found that the U.S. solar industry added nearly 24,000 workers in 2013, a 20% increase over 2012.