The SunShot Initiative

Last Modified: Mon Mar 07 2016 06:02:16 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2011
    year the initiative was launched by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot as a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade.
  • $0.06
    per kilowatt-hour, without incentives, cost of solar electricity that SunShot seeks to drive down to by the year 2020. It does so by supporting efforts by private companies, universities, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and national laboratories.
  • 250
    projects that SunShot funds. These projects explore groundbreaking ways to make it easier and cheaper to go solar, from developing an efficient solar cell that’s thinner than a human hair, to creating a tool that can perform solar site assessments from space.
  • 7
    key goals of the SunShot program.
  • #1
    Increase photovoltaic (PV) solar cell efficiency, reduce production costs, and open new markets for solar energy
  • #2
    Shorten the amount of time it takes to move promising new solar technologies from development to commercialization, and strengthen the U.S. supply chain for manufacturing and commercializing cutting-edge PV technologies
  • #3
    • Drive down the cost of concentrating solar power (CSP), fostering collaboration that leads to utility-scale solutions and integrates solar into the electric grid
  • #4
    Invest in the education, policy analysis, and technical assistance needed to remove critical barriers and speed rapid solar deployment
  • #5
    Develop a well-trained workforce to foster U.S. job creation in the solar industry
  • #6
    Develop innovative, cost-effective solutions that allow more solar to integrate seamlessly with the national power grid
  • #7
    Accelerate the adoption of solar energy technologies in the marketplace by reducing non-hardware costs, removing bureaucratic barriers, and fostering market growth