Federal appropriations for solar energy-related programs at the Department of Energy (DOE) have been critical to catalyzing technological innovation, lowering the cost of solar components and systems, and overcoming market barriers. Continued strong support for DOE’s Solar Energy Program and Building Technologies Program will help drive new solar products to market, creating jobs and expanding the renewable energy industry.
Throughout the appropriations process, SEIA actively works with the White House and members of Congress to increase funding for DOE's solar programs, including:
Solar Energy Technologies Program
- Photovoltaic Solar Power (PV) - DOE's SunShot Initiative sets a goal of a dollar-a-watt ($1/watt) installed cost for solar by accelerating research and development (R&D), investing in technologies with the capabilities of reaching long-term carbon reduction goals, and ensuring a sustainable PV manufacturing base.
- Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) - This program focuses on R&D for CSP technologies and accelerating deployment to enable electricity from CSP to be cost-competitive without subsidies by 2020.
- Solar Systems Integration - Activities address balance of system costs and address the technical to wide-scale deployment of solar energy technologies.
- Solar Market Transformation - This subprogram enables DOE to achieve its stated goal of lowering the costs of solar energy by reducing the market barriers to solar commercialization.
Building Technologies Program
- Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) - This program includes the USH2O Initiative which facilitates the successful implementation of new solar water heating programs by utilities by educating energy service providers about existing programs and technology benefits.