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.

Technical Assistance for Communities and Organizations From the Solar Energy Innovation Network

June 24, 2024 by Kamyria Coney, Alex Kramer, Scott Belding, Tucker Oddleifson

The Innovation Network’s Innovation at SCALE initiative offers targeted technical and analytical support to empower communities and organizations to begin or progress their clean energy journey through insights developed in previous rounds of SEIN.

Screening Tool for Equitable Adoption and Deployment of Solar

June 6, 2024 by Isa Ferrall-Wolf and Joyce McLaren, NREL

A new NREL tool helps states, cities, community organizations, and solar developers identify equitable solar energy deployment opportunities.

Twin Cities Team Finds Opportunities to Expand Rooftop Solar for Underserved Small Businesses

May 30, 2024 by Aaron Backs and Diana McKeown

The Twin Cities Advancing Small Business Solar Equity team‘s SEIN Round 3 report, Advancing Small Business Solar Equity: Final Technical Insights Report (Lake Street Council website), details the team’s proposed ‘Solar Hub Network’ model to overcome the significant barriers for underserved Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC)- and immigrant-owned small businesses to access rooftop solar energy.

Collaborating With Utilities to Meet Underserved Community Needs

May 23, 2024 by Erifili Draklellis and Ben Proffer, RMI

Elevating equitable solar energy adoption was the topical focus of SEIN Round 3, in which multi-stakeholder teams explored various approaches to increase distributed on-site solar access in Black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) and low- and moderate-income communities.

Advancing Solar Adoption in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Communities One House of Worship at a Time

May 20, 2024 by Andreas Karelas, RE-volv, and Kamyria Coney, NREL

Successes and lessons learned by a Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN) multi-stakeholder team brings solar to houses of worship led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).

Facilitating Equitable Solar Access Through Federal Assistance Programs

May 3, 2024 by Kamyria Coney, NREL

During the third round of SEIN, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute (TEPRI) led a multi-stakeholder team to bridge the gap between rooftop solar adoption and low-income families in Carrizo Springs and Austin, Texas.

Commercial-Scale Solar PV Increases Local Residential Solar Adoption

Feb. 28, 2024 by Isa Ferrall-Wolf and Kamyria Coney

The third round of the Solar Energy Innovation Network explored new approaches to the equitable adoption of solar energy through teams of stakeholders with two cohorts focused on residential and commercial building topics.

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.

Floating Solar Q&A With Sika Gadzanku

April 7, 2023 by Kamyria Coney

Sika Gadzanku is an energy technology and policy researcher working on three main areas at NREL: conducting clean energy workforce analysis, providing short-term technical assistance to partners through the Clean Energy to Communities program, and understanding the opportunity space and impacts for floating solar domestically and abroad.