Solar Snapshot: DOE Breaks Ground on Next-Generation CSP Plant

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What's New?

Groundbreaking Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power (CSP) Generation 3 Particle Pilot Plant (G3P3)

SETO Director, Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, spoke at Sandia National Laboratories’ G3P3 Groundbreaking ceremony and celebrated this project as the final phase of DOE’s $100 million investment in the Generation 3 CSP program. This new CSP pilot plant will use sand-like ceramic particles and can withstand temperatures greater than 800°C, making the future of fully integrated thermal transport systems, from solar input to thermal energy storage, a real possibility.

G3P3 Groundbreaking

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Some Light 🌞 Reading

New Community Power Accelerator Learning Lab

The National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) recently launched a new community solar training program as part of its Community Power Accelerator Prize competition. The Community Power Accelerator™ Learning Lab is designed to provide solar developers with critical resources and know-how to help them launch new equity-focused community solar projects. The learning lab is initially available to those competing in the Community Power Accelerator Prize.

Five Benefits of Residential Solar Energy

Residential solar energy generates more than just renewable power; it also generates household savings, real estate value, and grid reliability and resilience. Learn more about what residential solar can do for you.

SETO Lays Out Pathways to Robust Domestic Solar Supply Chain

SETO has identified potential pathways to a more sustainable, reliable, and resilient supply chain for PV technologies. Read the white paper to learn more about the type and scale of solar supply chain disruption risks, options for a domestic supply chain, and key considerations to enable a more secure energy future.

New Funding Program Offers Technical Assistance for Onsite Clean Energy Integration

The DOE Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office announced a $23 million funding opportunity that will establish a regional network of Onsite Energy Technical Assistance Partnerships to help industrial facilities and other large energy users increase the adoption of onsite clean energy technologies. Entities with expertise in onsite energy, including with PV and solar thermal, are encouraged to submit a letter of intent by February 28 at 5 p.m. ET.

Upcoming Events

Energize Your Career: Virtual Career Fair for New Graduates

March 2 | 12 p.m. ET
Join DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) for a virtual networking opportunity for recent graduates interested in clean energy careers. EERE employees will be on hand to discuss their roles in renewable power, sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, and business operations. Come learn how you can help build our clean energy future as a Clean Energy Champion.

Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) Technical Assistance & Applications Teaming

March 2 | 1:30 p.m. ET
Join the Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) team for a webinar to learn more about its new Technical Assistance program. There will be opportunities to find a partner to team with on your application and network with others in the interconnection space.

Community Power Accelerator Prize Informational Webinar

March 3 | 12 p.m. ET
Join NCSP for an informational webinar all about the new Community Power Accelerator Prize.

National Community Solar Partnership Annual Update Webinar

March 7 | 12 p.m. ET
NCSP developed a set of initiatives to support its goal of powering the equivalent of 5 million households with community solar by 2025 and generating $1 billion in household savings. Get a preview of the first Impact Report.

Webinar: Innovative AgriSolar Design

March 23 | 1 p.m. ET
Join the AgriSolar Clearinghouse for a webinar series on agrivoltaics, the co-location of solar and agriculture on the same land. Additional webinars are scheduled in the coming months.

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