The U.S. Department Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) has funding available for innovative, promising projects. We look forward to highlighting this research in our quarterly stakeholder webinars. We just had our third, and our fourth is on the calendar. All this work means SETO has a job opening. Got initiative? Apply. You could help manage some workforce projects.
These stories and more in this edition of the SETO newsletter.
Coming Soon: New Funding
On December 19, 2019, SETO issued a notice of intent to award funding to projects that will keep decreasing solar costs, further cut costs in photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies, enable solar-plus-storage, enhance cybersecurity protections, increase manufacturing, develop solar-powered microgrids, and site solar with agriculture. Stay tuned for details.
Putting Initiatives to Work
Part of the SETO FY2018 funding program is focused on expanding the solar workforce—providing training, education, and networking and job opportunities—and preparing them to work on an increasingly modern electric grid. Find out how these eight workforce initiatives projects are contributing to this goal, helping the young, the underemployed, military veterans, Native Americans, and other populations find their way to rewarding solar industry careers.
A Good Connection: SETO Stakeholder Webinars
The SETO quarterly stakeholder webinars are a great way to learn and ask questions about our work. On January 23, 2020, the office held its third one, discussing the 2019 project selections, the 2020 funding notice of intent for new projects, solar manufacturing, and collaborative teams. If you missed it, don’t worry: You can download the slide presentation. Register today for the next stakeholder webinar, on April 23, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET.
SETO Needs a Program Manager
Not everyone can successfully manage a team and be a part of it at the same time. But if you can, and you have a degree in physical science or engineering, we want to hear from you. SETO’s strategic analysis and institutional support team—which supports the development and dissemination of analysis, tools, and data resources related to the cost and value of solar technologies, both on their own and as they integrate with other technologies on the grid—is looking for a program manager/supervisory general engineer. Read more about this position and apply.
Decisions, Decisions: A New Energy-Planning Tool
There’s a new data-driven online platform designed to help state and local decision makers understand the different ways they can meet their energy goals. Brought to you by eight U.S. Department of Energy technology offices and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE), now in beta, integrates dozens of distinct sources of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and, soon, sustainable transportation data and analyses. Contact email@example.com with questions or feedback, and download this fact sheet to learn more.