Solar Energy Innovation Network Blog

The Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN) Blog captures the work of teams that are developing new approaches to solar energy adoption. Both NREL staff and team members from external organizations contribute to the blog.

2023 Solar Energy Innovation Network Symposium: Exploring Visions for Equitable Solar Adoption

June 26, 2023 by Kamyria Coney

The 2023 SEIN Symposium, Exploring Visions for Equitable Solar Adoption, took place in downtown Denver, Colorado, on April 12–14.

A Menu for Enhancing Local Energy Resilience in Boston and Beyond

June 22, 2023 by Alex Kramer

A new NREL report describes resilience initiatives that provide benefits to state/local governments and communities, especially environmental justice communities.

Boston Builds Equity and Resilience into Its Energy System

Jan. 27, 2023 by Scott Belding and Wilson Rickerson

SEIN partners with communities around the country on projects that lower barriers to solar deployment and uncover new ways for solar energy to meet community needs and priorities from resilience to community development.

Solar Energy Innovation Network Round 3 Teams Exchange Innovative Ideas for Equitable Solar Adoption

Jan. 27, 2023 by Kamyria Coney

How can low-to-moderate income communities in Tallahassee become solar ready? How can Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) houses of worship adopt solar in a way that supports local community priorities?

Solar and Resilience in Emergency Management: Lessons Learned from Solar Energy Innovation Network Round 2 Teams

Jan. 17, 2023 by Wilson Rickerson and Shoshana Cohen

Disasters like the wildfires in California, Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico, and the Texas winter storm of 2021 have caused catastrophic power outages that left communities without power for weeks or even months, demonstrating the importance of energy resilience for critical facilities and services.

Solar Energy Innovation Network Assistance for Early Adopters: Frequently Asked Questions

Jan. 17, 2023 by Alexandra Kramer

An NREL researcher answers frequently asked questions about the technical and analytical assistance provided to communities through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN).