U.S. Department of Energy

    Radical Thinkers Needed to Help Get a Solar Panel on Every Roof

    January 11, 2012

    The deadline to apply for a funding opportunity for the SunShot Incubator Program for Soft Cost Reduction is January 16, 2012.

    What if all cars cost more than $75,000 today? How many of us would own one? This is exactly the situation your great-grandparents may have faced before Henry Ford changed the world by thinking outside the box. Through innovative assembly line processing, he democratized automobiles, making the Model T something most Americans could own.

    The solar industry is in a similar situation now. Solar is an exceptionally compelling solution to addressing one’s energy needs, but it is currently too expensive for the average customer. But, just like cars, once the price is lowered to a certain point, solar energy could be on exponentially more roofs. We need help though. We need innovative thinkers to change the industry by thinking outside the panel. We need you. Read the full story on DOE's Energy Blog.