Solar Snapshot: 🔎 New Funding for Solar Social Science Research; Manufacturing Workforce RFI Summary

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What's New?

New Funding for Social Science Research on Large-Scale Solar Siting

DOE just launched the Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 4 (SEEDS 4) funding opportunity that will award $7 million for social science research that generates actionable insights that can be deployed to improve large-scale solar siting processes and outcomes for host communities and solar stakeholders.

SEEDS 4

Upcoming Deadlines

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


Some Light 🌞 Reading

Summary: Scaling the U.S. Solar Manufacturing Workforce RFI

In April, SETO published an RFI on the challenges and opportunities associated with scaling the U.S. solar manufacturing workforce. SETO received and reviewed 31 responses and has summarized the feedback.

Join Our Team: Science, Technology, and Policy Fellowship

Are you a student, researcher, or professional with a passion for solar energy? You can join SETO in advancing solar technologies and deployment through the Science, Technology, and Policy Fellowship! Selected participants will play an integral role in designing and implementing new initiatives to make solar energy more affordable and reliable. Applications are due January 15.

2024 STP ORISE Fellowship

How Training for Solar Lending is Driving the Equitable Energy Transition

With a $1.2 million SETO award, the University of New Hampshire and Inclusiv Credit Union created the Solar and Green Lending Professional Training. This 8-week, instructor-led course helps community-based lending institutions develop solar lending products and ensure their communities can access solar energy.

Lending Professional Training Success

Request for Proposals Open for Organizations to Help Remote or Island Communities with Energy Challenges

Does your organization have ties to remote or island communities, understand local energy challenges, and know how to bridge the gap between federal agencies and residents? DOE is seeking up to 12 partner organizations to join its regional partner network for the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP). ETIPP connects island and remote communities with energy experts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other labs to build resilience by addressing and planning for their unique energy challenges and goals. Submit your proposal by January 10, 2024.

Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) Peer-Learning Cohort to Tackle Local Solar Energy Resilience

DOE announced the newest C2C peer-learning cohort, which includes leaders from 46 local, regional, and Tribal organizations. This multicommunity engagement will convene to exchange strategies and best practices, learn in a collaborative environment, and workshop policy or program proposals, action plans, or strategies to overcome challenges and advance local clean energy goals, including solar-plus-storage and microgrid projects.

c2c cohorts

Products & Publications


Upcoming Events

Listening Sessions on Clean Energy Siting: American Farms, Rural Benefits

Various days in January 2024 | Virtual
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with DOE, is hosting a series of virtual listening sessions to facilitate conversations about the benefits and challenges of increased clean energy siting on agricultural land and in rural communities. Register for one of the four sessions:

Energy Transition Summit: Grid Modernization Initiative and Clean Energy Cybersecurity

February 5-8, 2024 | Arlington, VA
Join DOE Grid Modernization Initiative and Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response at this summit to learn about opportunities to engage with DOE-led efforts that are modernizing the future power grid and enabling a more resilient, secure, and equitable energy transition.

2024 Photovoltaic (PV) Reliability Workshop

February 27-29, 2024 | Lakewood, CO
Join NREL's annual PV Reliability Workshop where top experts get together to discuss the latest findings in PV reliability. Submit your presentation and register to attend.


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