Solar Energy Technologies Program – 2008-2012 MYPP
A Letter from the Program Manager
April 2008Washington, D.C.Welcome to the 2008-2012 Multi-Year Program Plan for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Program (Solar Program). The Solar Program is responsible for carryingout the Federal role in researching, developing, demonstrating and deploying solar energytechnologies. This document presents a look inside the Solar Program’s plans for the next fiveyears, as well as the areas of work that we intend to emphasize.The Solar Program is driven by the Solar America Initiative (SAI), a Presidential initiativelaunched in 2007 with the goal of achieving grid-parity for solar electricity produced by photovoltaic (PV) systems across the nation by 2015 - making the SAI a nine-year effort. This plan covers years two through six of the SAI, which can be considered the core of the initiative.The activities covered within this plan highlight what efforts the Solar Program will undertake toreach the SAI goal. We will not, however, reach the SAI goal alone. During the first year of theSAI, the Solar Program was able to lay the initial foundation for success through aggressiveresearch and development (R&D) efforts in collaboration with private industry and nationallaboratories, and expanded that effort to universities in early 2008. Simultaneously, the programlaunched a groundbreaking market transformation effort to help commercialize solar technologies by targeting and eliminating market barriers to solar energy, as well as promotingdeployment opportunities, through partnerships with cities, companies, non-profits, anduniversities. The 2008-2012 activities detailed herein build off of these early successes of theSAI.Several areas of emphasis characterize the 2008-2012 timeframe:1.
Fully incorporating concentrating solar power (CSP) efforts into the SAI.2.
Improving storage technologies for both CSP and PV technologies.3.
Better integrating solar technologies into the electric grid, in both distributed andcentralized generation applications.4.
Eliminating city and state level technical and regulatory barriers to solar technology deployment.5.
Improving the ability of DOE and its laboratories and partners to quickly andeffectively transfer R&D concepts from basic to applied science and then to themarketplace.6.
Exploring and developing the next generation of PV technologies that will reachconsumers beyond the SAI timeframe (post-2015).7.
Assisting U.S. industry in regaining its leadership role in the global solar marketplace.8.
Promoting increased understanding of environmental and organizational safetyacross all Solar Program activities by all participants.