Energy and Climate

Photovoltaic Regional Testing Center (PV RTC)

Solar Regional Test Center in Vermont Achieves Milestone Installation

The solar industry is now more than 60% of the way toward achieving the DOE SunShot Initiative affordability goal of $0.06 per kilowatt-hour for solar electricity. Meeting the last 40% without compromising quality will be challenging. To help US industry demonstrate and validate that new PV technologies can consistently perform over time, the DOE —in […]

Launch of Solar Testing Site in Vermont

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined representatives of Sandia, IBM, and the DOE in early November to announce the launch of the Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center (RTC). The RTC will enable research on integrating solar panels into the statewide smart grid and help reduce the cost of solar power. The Vermont RTC is one […]

Sandia Will Host PV Bankability Workshop at Solar Power International (SPI) 2013

On October 21, Sandia’s Joshua Stein, Melissa Sisneros, and Bruce King (all in the Photovoltaic & Distributed Systems Integration Dept.) will host a workshop on demonstrating strategies for defining the bankability of new PV products, “Driving the Commercialization of New Solar Technologies: What You Can Learn with the U.S. DOE Regional Test Centers toward Demonstrating […]

HelioVolt Modules Installed at RTC Sites

HelioVolt, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Florida Solar Energy Center are pleased to announce the successful grid connection of the first half of six arrays to be deployed at the U.S. Department of Energy
Regional Test Centers (RTCs). HelioVolt is installing two 5 kW arrays at each of the following three […]

Sandia Participation in the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists (PVSC) Conference

A number of Sandia researchers presented papers at the 39th PVSC in Tampa, Florida, during the week of June 16–21. Jennifer Granata (Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Dept.), as the Tutorials Chair, organized 10 tutorials on Sunday, including one run by Geoff Klise (Earth Systems analysis Dept.). Joshua Stein (Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Dept.), the Area […]

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