Innovation Network Selects New Teams that will Help Unlock Solar in Underserved Communities
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced eight teams that have been selected by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in the third round of the Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN). Over the next year, these teams will develop and refine plans for projects that seek to advance equity by reducing barriers to solar access in specific underserved communities.
SEIN is a program funded by DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office that supports multi-stakeholder teams to research and develop solutions to real-world challenges associated with solar energy adoption. The projects announced today are the first in the series focusing primarily on equity.
“DOE is deeply focused on ensuring the clean energy economy benefits all Americans—especially those living in underserved communities, overburdened by pollution, and those impacted by the energy transition,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Kelly Speakes-Backman. “By partnering with trusted community-based organizations, the Solar Energy Innovation Network can help us better understand and plan for the unique barriers, challenges, and opportunities these communities face.”