DOE: Next Generation Technology in Development, Real Estate Wrap

Top News: Next Generation Technology in Development, Real Estate Wrap

SunShot announces two new sets of awards that will drive the next-generation of CSP and PV technologies. But with so many panels already on homes across the country, we have compiled a wealth of information for those who have questions about solar and real estate. Not to be left behind, solar technology makes it to the 2016 Olympics, but not how you may think. If you know how, maybe you’ve got what it takes work at SunShot. Read these stories and more in this edition of our newsletter.

New SunShot Awards to Improve CSP Technology

SunShot recently announced $9 million for six awards to improve solar collectors, the most expensive component of a concentrating solar power (CSP). The Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized Energy Costs (COLLECTS) program will improve the design and manufacture of lower-cost solar collectors, which could in turn reduce the overall cost of a CSP power plant. Learn more.


The COLLECTS funding program drives innovation in solar collectors, the most expensive parts of a CSP plant.

Small Awards Aim for Big Impact

SunShot also announced $2 million for 10 small-scale, single-year research and development projects designed to push the limits of photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Projects under the Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS) funding program have the potential to advance the state of the art in PV technology and manufacturability, and will support progress toward reducing costs beyond SunShot’s 2020 goals. Each project is designed to allow researchers to test a concept and, if successful, develop data to support further research. Learn more.

Wrapping Up Solar Real Estate Week

Solar energy is playing an increasingly important role in residential real estate, which is why SunShot dedicated a week in July to highlighting some of the most important issues for homeowners and real estate professionals alike. Both parties need to understand how solar impacts home values, how to find solar homes, and what the future holds for solar energy systems. See all the content developed by SunShot, including a number of blog posts, an infographic and several new resources.

Solar at Work in 2016 Olympics

Ever wonder how the Olympic torch is lit for the summer and winter games? Fun fact: it’s done using the same technology utilized by concentrating solar power (CSP). A parabolic mirror focuses the sun’s rays onto the torch, where the focused heat warms the torch to its burning point. The same idea is at work behind many CSP power plants – in some systems, parabolic dish mirrors direct and concentrate sunlight onto a central engine that produces electricity, and in other systems, hundreds of heliostats reflect sunlight onto a power tower where a heat transfer fluid creates thermal energy that can be stored for later use or immediately sent to power a turbine and generate electricity. Learn more about CSP technology.

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Solar Transaction Disclosure Forms

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Follow the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office on LinkedIn

Are you on LinkedIn? So are we! Check out EERE’s LinkedIn page to see more news from the SunShot Initiative, as well as other news about efforts to develop and deliver market-driven solutions for sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing. Visit EERE on LinkedIn.

Work at the SunShot Initiative

The SunShot Initiative has job openings for a deputy director and multiple technology managers. The deputy director position assists with overall management, formulation, and execution of policies and programs within SunShot. The deputy will work in partnership with the U.S. solar industry, academia, and national labs to advance the technology, market, and policy needs to create and maintain a robust industry for the development of solar energy technology. Apply by August 15. In addition to the deputy director position, there are multiple positions available for technology managers, who are responsible for managing funding opportunity announcements, including developing strategies, planning workshops, and collaborating with contracting officers. Positions are available for different levels of experience. Apply for the GS-13 position or the GS-14 position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until December 30.

Solar Events for Professionals

Webinar – Resilient Solar Retrofits: Adding Storage to Existing PV and Making New Installations Storage Ready
August 4 | 2:00pm-3:00pm ET
This webinar will provide an overview of a new solar storage resource, guidance on retrofitting existing solar with energy storage, and information on reducing future integration costs by making new PV installations “storage ready.” Register.

Webinar – Solar Installed: The People and the Process enabling Market Acceptance and Installations
August 30 | 2:00pm-3:00pm ET
This webinar will help you understand the role codes and standards play in the delivery of solar goods and services, including how solar products ultimately get accepted in the marketplace. Register.

Solar Power International
September 12-15 | Las Vegas, NV
Solar Power International brings together all cross-sections of the solar industry for four days of innovation and collaboration. Register.

SunShot in the News

Solar Picture of the Week

Brief rain showers can help to clean solar panels, but the best part might be the rainbow that follows. Photo courtesy: Michael Dorausch. Download the photo here