Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)

U.S. Invests $9.5 Million to Study the Social Dynamics of Large-Scale Solar Siting & Permitting

Research will identify innovative practices that benefit communities and facilitate solar deployment WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today invested $9.5 million in four new projects supporting social science research that examines the ways that siting practices can influence public attitudes toward and permitting of large-scale solar … [continued]

Funding Notice: Solar Technologies’ Rapid Integration & Validation for Energy Systems (STRIVES)

Office: Solar Energy Technologies Office and Wind Energy Technologies Office FOA number: DE-FOA-0003331 Link to apply: Apply on EERE Exchange FOA Amount: $31 million The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) announced the Solar Technologies’ Rapid Integration and Validation for Energy Systems (STRIVES) funding opportunity, which … [continued]

DuraMAT researchers conduct outdoor photoluminescence testing of installed PV modules, testing a high-throughput method of checking module health without needing to disconnect the PV system. Image courtesy of NREL.

DuraMAT Forecasts How New Photovoltaic Module Technologies Might Perform Over 20, 30, Or 50 Years

As the Solar Industry Grows Rapidly, Materials, Designs, and Solar Panels Are Changing Quickly For the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry, rapid growth can produce rapid—and sometimes unpredictable—changes. As the industry continued to see a major period of growth in 2023, the Durable Module Materials (DuraMAT) Consortium seized the opportunity to … [continued]

U.S. Funding Notice: Fiscal Year 2024 Photovoltaics Research & Development (PVRD)

Office: Solar Energy Technologies Office FOA Number: DE-FOA-0003337 Link to Apply: Apply on EERE Exchange FOA Amount: $20 million On May 1, 2024, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) announced the 2024 Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD) funding opportunity, which will award up to $20 million for … [continued]

Making Solar Work for Everybody — How NREL Helps Envision A More Just Energy System

Analysts Share Tools for Communities, Tribes, and Jurisdictions Looking for Ways To Make Solar Energy Meet Their Needs Solar energy can provide more than light and heat. It can provide opportunities for renters to develop equity through community solar projects, for example, or create avenues for workforce development, lower utility … [continued]

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Request for Information: Receiver & Reactors for Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Plants and Solar Industrial Process…

On January 22, 2024, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) issued a request for information (RFI) to better understand technology development needs and commercialization opportunities for receivers and reactors used in concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) plants for electricity generation and concentrating solar-thermal (CST) plants for … [continued]

Solar On Businesses, Schools, & Other Non-Residential Buildings Affect Residential Adoption Trends

Previous research has shown that social influence can drive rooftop solar adoption. Research to date has primarily focused on influence between households, but certain forms of social influence may also exist between non-residential and residential installations. For example, an individual could decide to adopt after seeing solar panels installed at … [continued]

CdTe solar cells are the second-most-common photovoltaic technology after silicon solar cells. CdTe solar cells rely on a thin film of material to absorb light and convert it into electricity. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL

NREL Awards $1.8 Million in Second Round of Contracts To Support Development of Cheaper, More…

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), has awarded $1.8 million to fund seven projects to support the Cadmium Telluride Accelerator Consortium (CTAC). Announced in August 2022, CTAC is a three-year consortium intended to accelerate the development of … [continued]