Renewables, Solar

Energy Department Provides $46.2 Million for 48 Solar Projects

By Editors of Power Engineering

The U.S. Department of Energy will provide $46.2 million for 48 projects as part of the SunShot Initiative, which is designed to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies that lower costs and improve reliability and safety.

“The SunShot Initiative is a proven driver of solar energy innovation,” said Charlie Gay, SunShot Initiative director. “These projects ensure there’s a pipeline of knowledge, human resources, transformative technology solutions, and research to support the industry.”

Including cost share requirements leveraging private sector funding, total investment in solar development will reach $65 million.

The projects fall under two programs in the initiative. Photovoltaics Research and Development 2: Modules and Systems will advance research in solar photovoltaic technology, including module design, high-risk emerging research and technology facilitating rapid installation. Nearly 80 percent of these projects are lead by academic institutions, and will investigate concepts with the potential for wide use across the industry.

Technology to Market 3 supports early-stage solar technology research and addresses early-stage, pre-commercial risk reduction. The goal is to help develop a wide variety of products and services that can increase system values while reducing costs, increasing consumer access to solar and facilitate solar grid integration.

A full list of projects funded by the initiatives can be found here.