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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.

February 3, 2014
Solar Blog

Lists EERE blog articles about solar.

September 21, 2015
Vice President Biden Announces New SunShot Projects and Funding Opportunities at Solar Power International Conference

At the Solar Power International conference on September 16, Vice President Joe Biden made one of the largest solar research and development funding announcements to ever come out of our SunShot Initiative. His announcement included more than $102 million in new solar projects and funding now available to private industry, nonprofits, universities, and national laboratories to support American leadership in clean energy innovation.

September 8, 2015
3 Ways Solar Energy Programs Are Helping Achieve President Obama’s Climate Goals

Learn how our SunShot Initiative supports the president's climate change priorities by advancing solar energy.

August 4, 2015
Entrepreneurs Celebrated at White House Demo Day

Today, President Obama is hosting the first-ever White House Demo Day, showcasing entrepreneurs who have launched innovative businesses across the country. The event will highlight a diverse set of entrepreneurs: people whose stories show why America needs to continue growing our innovation economy and make sure there's plenty of opportunity for everyone to succeed.

July 13, 2015
The New York City College of Technology is weatherproofing its house, called DURA, at a Brooklyn Navy Yard construction site. | Photo courtesy of New York City College of Technology.
Solar Decathlon 2015: Nation’s Leading Sustainable Home Design Competition on the Horizon

The teams are set for this year's Solar Decathlon, which challenges students from around the world to design, build and operate highly energy efficient solar-powered houses.

July 7, 2015
New Energy Department Partnership Creates Solar Bridges to Energy Security

Despite great recent advances in lowering the cost of solar energy, this technology is not yet affordable for every segment of the population. For low-income communities, solar energy is still viewed as a luxury. But new programs are working to expand access to solar energy and create job opportunities for all Americans.

June 26, 2015
Training Veterans to Work in the Rapidly Growing Solar Industry

In an effort to help our nation's veterans transition to civilian life, veterans are being trained for jobs in the growing solar industry as part of a workforce program supported by the Energy Department.

June 19, 2015
Using Maps to Predict Solar Futures

The Energy Department's SunShot Initiative is helping home owners make the choice for solar. Several SunShot partners have develops digital tools that will help assess a home's fitness for adding solar energy.

June 18, 2015
Quiz: Test Your Solar IQ

How much do you know about solar power? Test your knowledge with our solar IQ quiz!

June 17, 2015
You Don’t Need to Raise the Roof: Cutting Solar Permitting Costs for Wooden Rooftops

A new report from Sandia National Laboratory suggests that one hurdle to installing solar on wooden rooftops--a structural engineering analysis--may be addressed with data showing the strength of comparable rooftops.

May 21, 2015
The Energy Department's SunShot Catalyst prize winners are taking aim at solar energy’s “soft costs.” | Photo Courtesy of NREL.
Startups Tackle Solar Challenges

The Energy Department's SunShot Catalyst prize is working to make solar power more affordable by supporting tech startups with big ideas on how to solve the solar industry's toughest challenges.

April 28, 2015
NREL Report Shows Big Potential for the Future of Shared Solar

Demand for solar energy continues to increase, but not every home or office can have its own solar installation. Many are opting to "share" solar, owning or leasing part of a solar array, as described in a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

April 27, 2015
AirStreams Renewables trains veterans on how to get certified to work on wind towers. Last Thursday, the First Lady announced that companies from the energy, manufacturing, transportation and information technology sectors have committed to hiring approximately 90,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.  | Photo courtesy of AirStreams Renewables.
Joining Forces: Clean Energy Companies Commit to Hire Veterans

Businesses from wind, solar, fuel cell and other clean energy sectors pledge to hire transitioning service members.

April 6, 2015
Last Friday at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, President Obama announced the expansion of the Solar Ready Vets program, a joint effort between the Department of Energy and Department of Defense to train active military personnel for careers in the solar energy industry. | White House photo.
Solar Ready Vets: Preparing Our Veterans to Join the Growing Solar Workforce

The Solar Ready Vets program is providing our nation's veterans with the skills and training they need for jobs in America's growing solar energy industry. The program is expanding to 10 military bases across the country.

March 4, 2015
Solar projects can be installed quickly, but red tape sometimes means lengthy delays. The Race to 7-Day Solar aims to change that. | Infographic by SunShot.
The Race to 7-Day Solar is On!

Red tape is getting in the way of going solar. This contest aims to change that.

February 20, 2015
SunShot Catalyst Innovators Take on Software Challenges to Deploy Solar Technology Across America

New program aims to leverage powerful datasets and use innovative software, information technology, and automation solutions to make it faster, easier, and cheaper than ever before to deploy solar energy technologies.

February 13, 2015
Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative Trains Veterans for Solar Jobs

America's military veterans have the leadership qualities and talent we need to move the clean energy economy forward. Nonetheless, when the time comes to leave the service, transitioning to any new career presents a challenge for many service members. To help them build the skills they need to gain employment in a quickly growing U.S. solar market, the Energy Department today announced a new solar job training pilot program at three military bases -- Camp Pendleton, Fort Carson and Naval Station Norfolk.

January 30, 2015
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MAP: Watch 30 Years of U.S. Solar Industry Growth

Over the last 30 years, the U.S. has seen expansive growth in our Solar Industry. Check out our map to watch this happen.

January 29, 2015
Innovative solar business models like these help make it easier for communities to increase solar deployment by making it faster, easier and cheaper for people to invest in solar together and enabling multiple participants to benefit directly from the energy produced by one solar array. | Image by SunShot Initiative
No Roof, No Problem: Shared Solar Programs Make Solar Possible For You

Every three weeks, the U.S. brings as much solar power online as we installed for the entire year in 2008. Did you know you can still reap the benefits of this solar boom without installing anything at your home? Shared solar programs, such as the ones highlighted in this graphic, enable communities to increase access to affordable, sustainable solar power. Find out how the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative works to expand and improve shared solar programs all across America.

January 29, 2015
Solar demand in the U.S. is growing, and U.S. solar manufacturing is rising to meet the challenge.| Graphic courtesy of SunShot.
U.S. Solar Manufacturing Rising on the Horizon

U.S. solar manufacturing is rising to meet the demands of a growing solar market.

January 15, 2015
1 in 78 New Jobs in America is a Solar Job

Today marks an important day for America’s clean energy economy with the release of The Solar Foundation’s annual National Solar Jobs Census, which shows the solar industry’s explosive growth is creating thousands of new, highly skilled jobs throughout the country. Find out how the SunShot Initiative is supporting this rapidly expanding workforce.

January 5, 2015
National Renewable Energy Laboratory engineer Greg Martin (from left) works with Solectria engineers Jonathon Smith and Jihua Ma testing Solectria's smart inverter at the Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado.  | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Spurring Solar Installations in Hawaii

As rooftop solar power systems increasingly pop up on homes and businesses across the country, a new challenge is emerging: how to integrate greater amounts of distributed solar generation so more consumers can safely and reliably reap the benefits of this clean, renewable energy source. A SunShot Initiative project is addressing this issue by testing advanced inverters, which are critical to ensuring the power grid effectively responds to changes in electrical load.

October 28, 2014
Solar energy benefits homeowners, the job market, and the planet. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Lab
What Can Solar Do for You

Using solar energy at home can help you save money, protect the planet, increase property values, and create jobs.

October 22, 2014
New Study Reveals the Power of Solar Schools

A new study funded by the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, “Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools," found that solar installations on U.S. public and private K-12 schools is increasing, providing renewable energy, cost savings, and other benefits for school systems across the country.

September 22, 2014
SunShot Installs Solar Energy System on Local Habitat for Humanity Home

Working with GRID Alternatives, the nation's largest solar non-profit, DOE's SunShot Initiative team enjoyed a day in the sun on a rooftop in Washington, D.C., where we volunteered to install a solar energy system on a Habitat for Humanity home. GRID installed solar electric systems on 10 affordable homes developed by Habitat for Humanity in the Ivy City neighborhood in Northeast D.C.

September 3, 2014
EERE Assistant Secretary Dr. David Danielson stands with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont at the state's new regional solar test center. | Photo credit Kevin Fitzmaurice, Energy Department.
Regional Test Centers Breaking Down Barriers to Solar Energy Deployment

The Energy Department—in partnership with National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories—established five Regional Test Centers (RTC) across the nation that are making progress in removing barriers to wide-scale deployment of solar power.

February 3, 2014
Solar News

Lists EERE press releases about Solar.

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.

January 29, 2015
Energy Department Announces More Than $59 Million Investment in Solar

In support of the Administration’s effort to double renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department announced more than $59 million in funding to support solar energy innovation today.

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 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

August 2, 2011
Department of Energy to Invest $50 Million to Advance Domestic Solar Manufacturing Market, Achieve SunShot Goal

SUNPATH Program Will Boost American Competitiveness, Lower Cost of Solar Energy

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.