The Solar Newsletter is an electronic newsletter that provides information on NREL's research and development of solar technologies.
Catch up on NREL’s more than 40-year history of PV research and development, including work on silicon, copper indium gallium diselenide, cadmium telluride, III-V, and perovskite solar cells. And get a glimpse of where NREL is headed next.
An NREL team has completed a multi-year, first-of-its-kind study that considers how Los Angeles can achieve a 100% renewable future. Informed by more than 100 million simulations—including modeling of distributed PV adoption—the study presents several feasible pathways.
The Western Interconnection distributes power from Canada to Baja California. A new series of NREL reports detail how this continent-spanning grid can continue to add solar energy generation while maintaining reliable delivery of power.
NREL and a team of solar developers, governments, and code officials developed a new no-cost, no-touch software system to streamline residential rooftop solar permits. Learn more about SolarAPP's early successes and consider signing up to pilot it.
Microgrids may be a cornerstone of future energy systems. With funding from the Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, NREL is pursuing multiple projects to develop and demonstrate microgrid technologies. From North Carolina to Colorado, read more about this work.
April 26 – Solar District Cup Pitch Championship
Staff Profile – Samantha Reese
Clean Energy Manufacturing Analyst
Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis
Samantha Reese spent years traveling the country and world working within various supply chains—from optical communication equipment to data storage. Now she studies the supply chains of clean energy technologies such as wide bandgap semiconductors and geothermal systems at NREL.
"I love being able to connect advancements in basic science to industry through cost and supply chain analysis. At the end of the day, no matter how awesome a technology is, it won't be adopted if it's not cost-competitive."
Read more about her work at NREL.