Developing cost-effective, reliable PV energy systems and accelerating the integration of PV technology

Photovoltaic (PV) research at Sandia focuses on developing and improving PV technologies and applications by lowering cost and increasing performance and reliability of PV components and systems. Sandia specializes in performance modeling, characterization, and transmission and distribution grid integration. Sandia researchers support the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and partner with industry, utilities, academia, and other laboratories to make PV power systems more cost-competitive and to remove barriers to large-scale deployment on the grid.

PV Programs

Contacts

Photovoltaics and Distributed Systems Integration Manager
Abraham Ellis, Ph: 505.844.7717

PV Systems Reliability, Manufacturing, and Diagnostics
Olga Lavrova, Ph: 505-845-3166

Smart Grid Integration
Jay Johnson, Ph: 505.284.9586

Power Electronics and Controls
Jason Neely, Ph: 505.845.7677

Manufacturing and Materials
Anthony Martino, Ph: 505.844.0652

PV Systems Evaluation Laboratory
Bruce King, Ph: 505.284.6571

PV Testing and Evaluation
Bruce King, Ph: 505.284.6571

Modeling and Analysis
Joshua Stein, 505.845.0936

Utility Distribution Systems Analysis
Robert Broderick, Ph: 505.366.1120

Balance of Systems and Soft Costs
Geoff Klise, Ph: 505.284.2500

Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory
Sigifredo Gonzalez, Ph: 505.845.8942

News

Webinar July 20: Using Machine Learning and Data Analysis to Improve Customer Acquisition and Marketing in Residential Solar

A free webinar on Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 1–2 p.m. ET, will share exciting new research by Sandia National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Vanderbilt University on how data analytics, machine learning, [...]

Regional Test Centers Validate the Performance of Solar PV Technologies in Multiple Climates, Annual Report Now Available

Sandia National Laboratories has published the first annual report detailing the progress of the US Department of Energy’s Regional Test Center (RTC) program, which is now working with 20 industry partners and has installed 549kW [...]

Register Now for the Sandia/NREL/SunSpec PV O&M Collaborative In-Person Workgroup Meeting

Sandia National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), The SunSpec Alliance, and Solarplaza invite you to attend an in-person workgroup meeting for a review of industry best practices and a sneak peek into the O&M [...]

Upcoming Webinar: Comparing the Abilities of Energy Storage, PV, and Other Distributed Energy Resources to Provide Grid Services, Monday, March 13, 3:00pm-4:30pm ET

The grid is undergoing a transformation leading to greater utilization of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). DER devices include batteries, PV, and even aggregated hot water heaters or building lighting systems. At the core of this [...]