DOE invests $9M to speed solar energy deployment


The Department of Energy has announced that it will make a $9 million investment across seven data-driven projects to uncover opportunities for reducing costs and accelerating solar energy deployment in the United States.

Part of the DOE's SunShot Initiative, the projects will result in viable methods for transforming the operations of solar researchers, manufacturers, developers, installers, and policymakers, and speed the commercialization and deployment of affordable, clean solar energy.

"Through powerful analytical tools developed by our nation's top universities and national labs, we can gain unparalleled insight into solar deployment that will help lower the cost of solar power and create new businesses and jobs," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a statement. "Projects like these will help accelerate technological and financing innovations."

These efforts, located in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Texas, will explore new ways to improve solar cell efficiency, reduce costs and streamline installation processes.

As part of the investment, Yale University researchers will partner with SmartPower's New England Solar Challenge to design and implement innovative strategies that can increase the effectiveness of community-led bulk solar purchase programs. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will lead another project with Clean Power Finance to develop a computational model that will analyze data from over 1,300 solar installation companies to establish new types of community- and regional-scale financing structures.

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