Solar Snapshot: New Resource with Solar Shopping Tips; Perovskite Prize Applications Due

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What's New?

Smart Shopping Tips for Solar

Solar panels can help you save on your energy bill and SETO can help you be an informed solar consumer. Learn how to spot the warning signs of consumer scams, understand your solar financing options, and report bad actors.


Upcoming Deadlines

Don't forget to participate in these funding opportunities, prizes, and solicitations:

Some Light 🌞 Reading

Video: The Solar Shepherd — A Shining Example of an Agrivoltaic Partnership

Meet Dan Finnegan and Reggie the Wonder Dog. The two of them are partnering with SETO-funded AgriSolar Clearinghouse to make the most of a family farm in Massachusetts, raising sheep and solar energy on the same piece of land.

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Moment in the Sun Blog Series

Check out the National Community Solar Partnership’s (NCSP) blog series, Moment in the Sun. Learn about projects and programs that are expanding access to affordable community solar and enabling communities to realize the meaningful benefits of community solar.

Coming Soon: Up to $450 Million for Clean Energy Projects on Current and Former Mine Land

The DOE Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) intends to issue a funding opportunity in the next month for up to $450 million to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of deploying clean energy projects on current and former mine land. DOE is seeking well designed, financially viable projects that can be deployed quickly.

Get to Know the Teams Pursuing Equitable Solar Adoption

The Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN) helps communities explore new approaches to the equitable adoption of solar energy. Learn more about the participating teams and their goals and stay up to date on the latest research from SEIN by browsing the program’s blog.

Curious About Agrivoltaics? Learn More on This New Webpage

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has a new webpage dedicated to the science of bringing together photovoltaic (PV) installations and agriculture, called agrivoltaics. Learn about the benefits and tradeoffs of agrivoltaic solar strategies and access introductory and advanced materials.

Apply to Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) Programs

C2C In-Depth Partnerships is a multi-year program to help communities develop realistic roadmaps to achieve their clean energy goals. Community teams consisting of representatives from local governments, community-based organizations, and electric utilities are encouraged to apply by May 17. C2C's Expert Match program is accepting applications on a rolling basis from local governments, electric utilities, and community-based organizations with a specific local clean energy challenge or question that could benefit from short term (40-60 hours) technical assistance.

$315 Million Available to Advance Reliable Clean Energy in Rural and Remote Communities 

OCED announced $300 million in new funding for projects that increase energy affordability and promote climate resilience. Concept papers are due April 14. The $15 million Energizing Rural Communities Prize will help rural communities build the capacity needed for clean energy development and deployment. Submissions for round one are due May 24.

DOE Invests in Decarbonizing America’s Industrial Sector

DOE’s new funding opportunity will advance projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the U.S. industrial sector. The funding will drive innovation to develop technologies required to decarbonize industry and move the United States closer to a clean energy economy for all Americans. Applications are due June 23. DOE also created the Technologies for Industrial Emissions Reduction Development Program to identify and accelerate the development of the full suite of technologies that will be needed by net-zero manufacturers.

Products & Publications

Upcoming Events

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.

Systems Integration Webinar Series 2023

March 29 | 4 p.m. ET
SETO’s Systems Integration team is hosting a monthly webinar series. Register for their next webinar titled ‘Recent Advances in Experiments and Modeling of Grid-forming Systems.'

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Society (PES) Grid Edge Technologies Conference & Exposition

April 10-13 | San Diego, CA
SETO experts will speak on panels and present at the upcoming IEEE PES Grid Edge Technologies conference in San Diego, California.

Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting

April 10-14 | San Francisco, CA
Join SETO at the MRS Spring Meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities of halide perovskite PV. Registration is required to attend programming.

Continuing Education Course: Community Solar Program and Subscription Design

May 23-24 | 12 p.m. ET
Learn and discuss the various elements of community solar program design, as well as ownership options relevant to municipal utilities in this new continuing education course presented in partnership with the American Public Power Association and NREL.

Connect the Dots on Solar Energy

SETO is connecting the dots on solar innovation. Check out some of the SETO-funded innovations that benefit consumers, communities, and the solar industry:

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