Courtesy of the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Program website:
Accelerating Solar Deployment
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative accelerates large-scale deployment of solar energy technologies by reducing non-hardware balance of system (BOS) costs and eliminating market barriers that affect solar installations.
DOE partners with manufacturers, communities, universities, utilities, and other stakeholders to ensure that new solar innovations transition smoothly and affordably into the marketplace.
Reducing Non-Hardware BOS Costs
- Customer acquisition
- Financing and contracting
- System design and engineering
- Permitting, interconnection, and inspection
- Installation and performance
- Operations and maintenance
Eliminating Market Barriers
- Favorability of policy and the regulatory environment
- Business and customer maturity
To accelerate deployment of solar technologies, DOE supports the following efforts:
- Rooftop Solar Challenge to Induce Market Transformation (funding source for SSTI)
- Solar Projects to Reduce Market Barriers and Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs
Solar America Communities
Reducing Solar Grid Integration Costs
Seamless integration of solar energy into the U.S. power grid, while ensuring grid reliability and stability, is vital to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, and enabling widespread adoption of this clean, renewable energy source across the nation.
Innovative, cost-effective solutions are required to make it simple, safe, and reliable for solar electricity to be fed into the grid. Such solutions are needed to significantly increase the amount of electricity that solar can generate for the nation. DOE collaborates with the solar industry, utilities, and national laboratories to address the technical and cost barriers to connecting large-scale solar energy systems into the grid. By eliminating barriers across federal, state, and local lines, deployment of solar technologies can be mitigated and power grid integration optimized.
Reducing Solar Technology Costs
The development of more efficient, affordable photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies are crucial to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, and making solar cost-competitive with other sources of energy.
DOE is fueling innovative solar technology solutions with focused project funding and partnerships with national laboratories, universities, and industry.