Solar- Research and Development

What Is The Sunshot Initiative
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About the SunShot Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office focuses on achieving the goals of the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade.
-What we do
-How We Work
– SunShot Success Stories
-Why it matters

Concentrating Solar Power

The SunShot Initiative supports research and development of concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies that reduce the cost of solar energy. CSP helps to achieve the SunShot Initiative cost targets with systems that can supply solar power on demand, even when there is no sunlight, through the use of thermal storage. Since SunShot’s inception, the levelized cost of electricity for CSP has decreased about 36 percent, from $0.21 cents per kilowatt hour to $0.13 cents per kilowatt hour, already over half of the way toward achieving SunShot’s 2020 goal of $0.06 per kilowatt hour…>>


The SunShot Initiative supports the research and development of photovoltaic (PV) technologies to improve efficiency and reliability and to lower manufacturing costs in order to drive down the cost of solar electricity. As of November 2016, the solar industry is about 90% of the way to achieving SunShot’s 2020 cost target of $0.06 per kilowatt-hour for utility-scale PV (based on 2010 baseline figures), and SunShot is already beginning to work toward $0.03 per kilowatt-hour for utility-scale PV by 2030…>>

Systems Integration

The Systems Integration (SI) program seeks to enable the widespread deployment of safe, reliable, and cost effective solar energy on the nation’s electricity grid by addressing the associated technical and regulatory challenges…>>

Soft Costs

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative’s soft costs program works to lower the non-hardware costs of solar and accelerate the adoption of solar energy technologies throughout the United States. In support of the SunShot Initiative goals, the soft costs program works in the following strategic areas: networking and technical assistance, data analysis, business innovation, and training>>

Technology To Market

The SunShot Initiative’s Technology to Market subprogram builds on SunShot’s record of moving groundbreaking and early-stage technologies and business models to the market. Technology to Market targets two known funding gaps: those that occur at the prototype commercialization stage and those at the commercial scale-up stage…>>

SunShot Solar Projects Map
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The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative funds projects by private companies, universities, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity. We work to make it faster, easier, and more affordable for Americans to choose solar energy in their daily lives. Learn more about SunShot’s work>>

See our active and recently inactive projects in the map below. You can sort the projects by program area, active/inactive status or funding program on the left. In the table below, you can sort and filter the projects in additional ways. Click on the awardee name for detailed project information. Press the reset button on the map to clear your filters…>>