Solar Snapshot: ⚙️$6M in Small Business Investments; Register for SETO’s RE+ Workshops

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What's New?

DOE Awards Millions to Small Solar Businesses

SETO awarded more than $6 million to six small solar companies through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program’s FY23 Phase II Release 2. These companies are advancing innovative solar technologies in manufacturing, concentrating solar-thermal power, and power electronics.


Catch Up with SETO at RE+ 2023

SETO is going to RE+ 2023, a clean energy industry conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Register for workshops and mark your calendars for the other panels and events listed below and on our website.

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Upcoming Deadlines

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

Some Light 🌞 Reading

SETO's Becca Jones-Albertus Sits Down with Canary Media

SETO Director, Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, talks through her career path, overcoming barriers, and what has changed for the solar industry since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

The Benefits of Powering Your EV with Solar Energy

Did you know that harnessing the power of the sun to charge your electric vehicle (EV) can save you money, benefit your local electric grid and provide backup power to your home? Learn how you can power your EV using solar energy, the many benefits of doing so, and how DOE supports solar energy and EV partnerships.

SETO Talks to HouseSmarts on WGN Radio

SETO Deputy Director, Garrett Nilsen, joined the HouseSmarts program on WGN Radio (starting at 01:19:00) to share information about residential rooftop solar.

DOE Invests in Streamlining Transmission Permitting Across the Country

A new DOE grant program will invest up to $300 million in grants for states, Tribes, and local governments to accelerate and strengthen electric transmission siting and permitting processes while also supporting communities along major new and upgraded lines.

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Upcoming Events

Webinar: Celebrating One Year of the IRA and What's Next for the Solar Industry

September 7 | 2:30 p.m. ET
Join this webinar to learn how the IRA has impacted domestic solar manufacturing and encouraged equitable solar energy deployment since it was passed last year—and where DOE sees the industry heading next. Register.

A Deep Dive on Solar Permitting Aspects

September 18 | 1 p.m. ET
Register for this webinar to learn about solar energy permitting, including SETO’s SolarAPP+ program.

Community Power Accelerator Prize Round 2 Informational Webinar #2

September 19 | 3 p.m. ET
Register for the upcoming informational webinar about the American-Made Community Power Accelerator Prize – Round 2.

STEMtember Series: Careers in Clean Energy – Renewable Energy

September 21 | 12 p.m. ET
Join to hear the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy leaders and employees share their career journeys and explain why now is the most exciting time to be part of the clean energy revolution at DOE. Come and hear from hiring managers about the key duties and skills required for positions and how you can apply to be a clean energy champion!

Connect the Dots on Solar Energy

SETO is connecting the dots on rooftop solar. Learn about the role of rooftop solar energy systems in the United States’ transition to a clean energy grid and how SETO is working to support American residents and companies join in the journey to a green energy future:

Follow along with our Connect the Dots content on social media and join the conversation using the hashtag #ConnectSolar

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