SETO Newsletter: Solar Panel Reuse and Recycling; Fellows Wanted; A Clean Energy Future

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A Job You’ll Love: Apply to Join the Solar Office

We’re hiring fellows who have a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree and want to jump-start a clean energy future. Our Science and Technology Fellows use their expertise to support solar energy research and development by guiding strategy, designing funding programs, and managing SETO-funded projects. Apply by June 15.

Trash to Treasure: End-of-Life Management for Solar Photovoltaics  

DOE issued a request for information (RFI) to explore sustainable, cost-effective end-of-life practices for photovoltaics (PV) systems and their components, including reuse and recycling. Members of the solar and recycling industries, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders are invited to submit responses to by June 14 at 5 p.m. ET.

SETO's Five-Year Plan

On May 4, DOE announced SETO’s Multi-Year Program Plan, which describes its goals for low-cost, reliable electricity and rapid, equitable solar deployment. The goals span cost reduction, equity, manufacturing, reliability, and more, which will inform SETO’s strategic planning and funding opportunities through 2025.

Workforce and Community Solar RFI

Proposals Wanted: Help Underserved Communities

DOE recently announced $5.5 million in funding for Round 3 of the Solar Energy Innovation Network to support solar deployment in underserved communities and seeks proposals from multistakeholder teams to research and develop shareable solutions. Apply for new funding and technical assistance, complete a request form for your topic area, and email it to by June 15.

Request for Information on Equitable Community Solar Access

DOE is seeking your input to support the rapid, equitable deployment of community solar and other innovative strategies for low- and moderate-income communities who spend a significant portion of their income on power. Submit your responses by June 1 at 5 p.m. ET.

Send Us Ideas to Diversify the Solar Workforce

SETO is also seeking insight on workforce development programs, strategies, and tools to support the development of a diverse and skilled clean energy workforce. Responses are due June 1 at 5 p.m. ET.

Your Best Flop: Apply to Use National Lab’s High Performance Computing Resources

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced an open call for renewable energy researchers to apply to use the lab’s computing resources. Submit your request by June 7 for a chance to work with high-performance computers. That’s 3,456 gigaflops of speed at your fingertips!

Get SolSmart! Funding Opportunity to Manage Program

On May 4, DOE announced up to $10 million in funding for one entity to manage and update SolSmart, a program that recognizes local communities for improving their solar practices. Mandatory letters of intent are due June 8 at 5 p.m. ET.

Products & Publications

Expanding Access to Solar for Low-to-Moderate Income Households and Communities: Lessons Learned for State Agencies – Clean Energy States Alliance

NEW! NREL Solar Newsletter – NREL

In Case You Missed It

A Force for Change: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in the Solar Industry Webinar

On May 4, Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm announced over $15 million in funding to support a more equitable and diverse solar industry through technical assistance, community solar, and workforce development.

Streamling Solar Permitting with Solar Automated Permit Processing Tool Webinar

On April 29, SETO Director Becca Jones-Albertus, Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper, and NREL’s Jeff Cook discussed the Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP+) tool, which helps local governments streamline approvals for rooftop solar.

SolSmart Program Management Informational Webinar

This week, attendees joined SETO to learn more about the $10 million SolSmart Program Management funding opportunity. Watch the playback.  

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