Post Tagged with: "Department of Energy"

Department of Energy boosts Sunshot funding by $82M after already hitting 2020 cost target

Department of Energy boosts Sunshot funding by $82M after already hitting 2020 cost target

September 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm Comments are Disabled

I hope it’s not morbid timing that all of these positive solar reports are coming out right before the Section trade case decision. NREL noted more sharp system cost declines in 2017, and now the U.S. Department of Energy says the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target set by the SunShot Initiative hasRead More

SunShot Initiative still kicking: $30 million in solar project funding on the way

SunShot Initiative still kicking: $30 million in solar project funding on the way

February 2, 2017 at 9:40 am Comments are Disabled

At least for now, the SunShot Initiative is alive and well. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative announced up to $30 million in new projects to support the integration of solar energy into the nation’s electric grid, while diversifying the nation’s electricity sources and improvingRead More

Department of Energy to fund projects to reduce soft costs of solar installs

Department of Energy to fund projects to reduce soft costs of solar installs

October 25, 2016 at 7:10 am Comments are Disabled

Discussions on further large reductions in solar installation prices start with soft costs. Knowing this, the Energy Department is pumping $21.4 million in funding for 17 new projects to help reduce these soft costs, such as installation, permitting and connecting to the grid. “Soft costs have been a pervasive barrier to widespreadRead More

Department of Energy grows Solar Ready Vets, awards $10M to 10 solar training programs

Department of Energy grows Solar Ready Vets, awards $10M to 10 solar training programs

May 18, 2016 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

The Energy Department announced five additional military bases will join Solar Ready Vets, a solar jobs training program that prepares service members for careers in the solar industry when they leave active duty. The Department is also awarding $10 million to 10 new projects through its Solar Training and EducationRead More

U.S. to standardize solar data collection, could revolutionize marketplace

U.S. to standardize solar data collection, could revolutionize marketplace

April 19, 2016 at 8:51 am 1 comment

Data unlocks understanding, and those who control data collection and analysis can wield considerable power. Data is a big part of evaluating PV performance and cost, but the industry still has a lot to discover and figure out (this is apparent when utilities and regulators discuss how to value distributedRead More

First U.S. veterans complete Solar Ready Vets training program

First U.S. veterans complete Solar Ready Vets training program

March 30, 2016 at 9:04 am 1 comment

As part of the solar industry’s job report, SEIA always mentions the number of U.S. veterans the industry plans to employ. We reported this week that veterans now comprise 8 percent of the total workforce, but that number looks to increase now that the Department of Energy’s Solar Ready VetsRead More

Department of Energy: Solar industry jobs expected to increase another 15 percent this year

Department of Energy: Solar industry jobs expected to increase another 15 percent this year

March 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm 2 comments

The profile of jobs in the energy sector is changing, in large part to the success of the solar industry, and the U.S. Department of Energy has updated its reporting criteria to more accurately account for these changes in its jobs report. The first report using this new criteria, theRead More

SEPA comments on Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization funding

SEPA comments on Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization funding

January 20, 2016 at 11:10 am Comments are Disabled

The solar industry is ready to expand at a ridiculous rate, but if the grid lags behind, progress will fall short of potential. Hopefully, the Department of Energy’s latest announcement of up to $220 million in new funding will keep grid modernization moving the right way. The funding is forRead More