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Photo taken from above showing event attendees interacting with eachother at poster stations in a large room.

More than 250 awardees presented posters summarizing their work at the SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum held June 13-14, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL

Industry workshops help the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office obtain a wide range of stakeholder feedback to guide the SunShot Initiative. DOE held the workshops below to identify barriers and opportunities associated with the SunShot goals.

Workshop summaries and presentation content are available for the following events:

PVMapper: A Tool for Energy Siting

September 17, 2013

This webinar introduced solar developers, environmental consulting firms, data companies, and software developers to a new open-source GIS siting tool. Developed by the Center for Advanced Energy Studies' Energy Policy Institute with support from the SunShot Initiative, the PVMapper project is designed to allow utility-scale solar developers to compare multiple potential sites with a focus on reducing balance of system (BOS) soft costs. These soft costs include variables such as proximity to power infrastructure, endangered species habitat, and potential social implications. This introduction will provide an advanced look at the software, which is currently in beta testing with a target launch date of June 2014.

Below are materials associated with the webinar.

Solar Action Webinar Series 2013

Solar Action Webinar Series 2013

Summer 2013

The SunShot Initiative and the Solar Outreach Partnership are hosting five webinars as part of the Solar Action Webinar Series: Successes from the Rooftop Solar Challenge. Topics such as financing, zoning, net metering, interconnection, and inspection are covered in this series featuring best practices developed by Rooftop Solar Challenge I teams from across the country.

SunShot CSP Program Review 2013

April 23–25, 2013

The SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held near Phoenix, Arizona, featured presentations from awardees on the forefront of CSP technologies that are currently or recently funded by the SunShot Initiative.

Overview of the DOE/CPUC High Penetration Solar Forum Webinar

May 15, 2013

This webinar provided information on the results of the second High Penetration Solar Forum that convened in February, including an overview of DOE's and CPUC's grid integration awards as well as future efforts.

Below are materials associated with the webinar.

State Technical Assistance Team 2013 Webinars

May 1, 2013

The popular STAT webinars provide an overview of solar technologies, resources, and the role that state and local governments play in supporting the development of those resources. The 2013 series includes webinars on virtual net metering and community solar, among other topics.

Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar Webinar

March 5, 2013

The goal of this webinar was to provide potential applicants with detailed information about the Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar (DISTANCE-Solar) funding opportunity. This program seeks to contribute to a successful U.S. solar industry with science and technology research advances paired with the development of a diverse and innovative workforce.

Below are materials associated with the webinar.

Residential PV Price Comparison Webinar

February 28, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, in conjunction with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), discusses the installed price of residential photovoltaics (PV) being significantly lower in Germany than in the United States. In order to better characterize the nature of these differences, LBNL surveyed German PV installers using a survey on residential PV soft costs that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) previously fielded to U.S. solar installers. This webinar presents a comparative analysis of these surveys and a broader discussion of underlying drivers for soft cost differences between the United States and Germany, with a focus on customer-owned residential solar energy systems.

Below are materials associated with the webinar.

Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop 2013

February 26–27, 2013

The Photovoltaic (PV) Module Reliability Workshop was held in Golden, Colorado. The objective was to share information to improve PV module reliability because such improvements reduce the cost of solar electricity and give investors confidence in the technology.

Thermochemical Energy Storage Workshop

January 8, 2013

The Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) program of the SunShot Initiative hosted a workshop on Thermochemical Energy Storage for CSP in Washington, D.C. A distinguishing feature of CSP compared to other renewable technologies is its ability to include thermal energy storage at the point of power generation to handle the intermittencies of solar availability. A thermochemical energy storage system captures solar energy in chemical bonds. These systems offer the potential to achieve much higher specific energy of storage compared to current sensible and latent heat storage options. Thermochemical energy storage, therefore, represents a significant potential for being a cost-effective storage option for CSP, which will help accomplish SunShot goals.

The goal of the workshop was to identify scientific, economic, and engineering challenges and opportunities in developing thermochemical energy storage systems for CSP. To this end, the workshop convened experts from around the world in the areas of high temperature processes, catalyst development, reactor design, chemical and mechanical engineering, and material science; these participants came from academia, industry and national laboratories.

Best Practices in the Design of Utility Solar Programs Webinar

September 27, 2012

This webinar brought together representatives from industry, utilities, and regulatory authorities to share lessons learned from designing and implementing solar energy incentive programs. The discussion featured topics ranging from responding to changing solar costs, implementing consumer protection measures, incentivizing optimal system performance, emerging third-party ownership models, and stimulating various market segments.

Below are materials associated with the webinar.

State Technical Assistance Team 2012 Webinars

July 18-September 11, 2012

This webinar series was developed for state policymakers and staff.

SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum

June 13-14, 2012

Denver, Colorado

The Summit and Technology Forum was the first event in a series of Department of Energy Grand Challenges. This event focused on SunShot Initiative goals of achieving grid-parity solar energy within the decade.

BRIDGE Funding Opportunity Webinar

April 4 and 14, 2012

The goal of the webinar was to provide potential applicants with detailed information about the funding opportunity and Office of Science user facilities.

Photovoltaic (PV) Module Reliability Workshop 2012

February 28–March 1, 2012

Golden, Colorado

The objective of the workshop was to share information to improve PV module reliability because such improvements reduce the cost of solar electricity and give investors confidence in the technology. NREL led the workshop, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Program.

Ad Lucem: Modeling Market Transformation Pathways Workshop

February 17, 2012

Berkeley, California

This SunShot workshop focused on the development, analysis, modeling, and implementation of pathways that could enable solar energy technologies to diffuse at an accelerated rate. A diverse set of researchers and technical experts from academia, industry, government, and national labs provided insight into market dynamics and market transformation pathways.

Below are materials associated with the workshop.

Plug-and-Play Workshop

October 27, 2011

Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the DOE workshop was to identify the current barriers and possible solutions for the development of plug-and-play solar technologies in the residential sector. Over 60 people attended the conference, including representatives from utilities, code officials, inverter companies, PV module companies, and installers. Results from the workshop are available.

Photovoltaic (PV) Validation and Bankability Workshop

August 31, 2011

San Jose, Calif.

DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Program hosted a workshop to discuss a planned regional test center program as part of the SunShot Initiative. During the workshop, more than 60 solar industry leaders provided input on ways for the Solar Program to support the needs of the stakeholder community and encourage private financing to fund U.S. PV industry growth.

Below are the presentations given at the workshop. The following documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.

PV Manufacturing Workshop

March 25, 2011

Berkeley, Calif.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory hosted a SunShot workshop focused on ways to scale up domestic manufacturing of solar energy technologies. Industry partners attending the workshop discussed how government incentives and private investment can continue to stimulate photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing capabilities through corporate partnerships.

Below are the presentations given at the workshop. The following documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.