The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it is investing $21 million to further reduce the costs of solar. The department is investing $13 million in states’ efforts to reduce the soft costs of solar power. It’s investing another $8 million in solar energy innovations.
The $13 million in state-level funding will allow states to address soft costs in their markets. In doing so it can help speed deployment of solar power while reducing costs. "As the cost of solar technology continues to fall, it's more important than ever that we lower the other barriers to solar deployment—soft costs," said David Danielson, DOE’s assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.
The $8 million will support understanding what barriers still remain to deploying solar power. It will help with understanding the technology evolution, soft costs, and barriers to solar as the second round of the Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) program.
"The funding announced today will provide technical and analytical assistance to states in setting and meeting their renewable energy goals,” Danielson said. “This initiative will leverage decision science and solar datasets to build our understanding of how and why solar technologies are adopted to make it faster, easier, and more affordable for families and businesses to choose solar to power their daily lives."
The SEEDS program will combine cutting-edge research tools with the creation, analysis, and use of data and information. The DOE said it will partner researchers with data and energy experts.
The funding aimed at reducing soft costs of solar power will help expand solar in more markets. DOE explained that many states do not have capabilities to develop a solar deployment strategy and need technical and analytical support. “This program will help to establish partnerships between states and utilities and provide them with technical support, enabling teams to develop strategies to determine optimal solar energy targets that will maximize emissions reductions, create jobs, expand energy access, and increase grid resiliency,” DOE said.
The funding is being made through the SunShot Initiative. One of the DOE’s efforts to help speed the adoption of solar primarily by helping to lower costs of solar power.Tweet