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 conducts PV research as part of ARPA-e MOSAIC program

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sandia National Laboratories have initiated a collaboration on Wafer-Level Integrated Concentrating Photovoltaics that reduces the complexity of tracking needs. The team’s innovative approach uses wafer-level micro-concentrators to significantly enhance sunlight [...]

Sandia’s Distributed Energy Lab Marks FY15 Accomplishments, Adds New Capabilities

Sandia Labs completed a number of enhancements to its Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory (DETL) facility in 2015. Many of the updates extend cyber-security capabilities at DETL, such as Sandia’s ability to configure isolated networks for [...]

Sandia Publishes New Guide to Assist Homebuilders

Sandia National Laboratories led a working group on behalf of the DOE SunShot Initiative to develop a guide for communicating the financial benefits of including PV on new homes. The “Solar Basics for Homebuilders: Reducing [...]

New report offers best practice for transparent contract language of PV O&M agreements

With technical assistance from the PV industry, Sandia National Laboratories has identified both best-practice elements and gaps that must be addressed to improve communication of equipment operational states and failure modes for the benefit of [...]