U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

SunShot Initiative

Lowering Barriers

DOE is working to improve solar market conditions in order to create green jobs and increase the availability of clean, renewable energy for Americans. Efforts to promote favorable policies and encourage easier access to project funding can help the United States become more competitive in the global clean energy race.

To reduce existing market barriers, Solar Program efforts focus on improving:

The United States had the fifth largest solar market worldwide in 2010 based on annual installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity. To meet SunShot goals, solar businesses, utility companies, and policymakers must work together to regain America's competitive edge.

Graph of bars representing the cumulative installed capacity from 2006 to 2010.

Cumulative installed PV capacity in the top eight countries worldwide. Source: 2010 Solar Technologies Market Report (EPA 2011)