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

Photovoltaic (PV) research at Sandia focuses on developing and imacproving 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


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

PV Testing and Evaluation
Bruce King, Ph: 505.284.6571

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

Modeling and Analysis
Joshua Stein, 505.845.0936

Smart Grid Integration
Jay Johnson, Ph: 505.284.9586

Utility Distribution Systems Analysis
Robert Broderick, Ph: 505.366.1120

Power Electronics and Controls
Jason Neely, Ph: 505.845.7677

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

Manufacturing and Materials
Anthony Martino, Ph: 505.844.0652

Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory
Sigifredo Gonzalez, Ph: 505.845.8942

PV Systems Evaluation LaboratoryLaboratory
Bruce King, Ph: 505.284.6571

Sandia Labs High-Flux Solar Simulator with One-of-a-Kind Capability

The High-Flux Solar Simulator with automated sample handling and exposure system (ASHES) is a one-of-a-kind capability which can be used 24/7 with metal-halide lamps.  ASHES provides accelerated lifetime aging tests for materials under high-temperature/high-flux conditions.  A [...]

Sandia and EPRI to Host PV Symposium in May 2016

Sandia National Laboratories and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are pleased to host the third PV Systems Symposium, May 9-12, 2016, at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Clara, CA, on technical issues related to [...]

NREL and Sandia host PV Module Reliability Workshop, Feb. 23-25, 2016

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories are jointly organizing the annual PV Module Reliability Workshop. This year’s event, to be held February 23-25, 2016, in Lakewood, CO, will bring together photovoltaics (PV) experts [...]

Sandia Defines Solar Variability Zones

Sandia Labs has defined solar variability zones by modeling solar variability across the country using a combination of ground measured and satellite derived solar irradiance measurements. The zones represent the magnitude of high-frequency (sub-minute) solar [...]