SEIN Program

About the Solar Energy Innovation Network
The Solar Energy Innovation Network is a collaborative research effort administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. An innovative program design brings together teams of stakeholders from across the United States—including utilities, state and local governments, nonprofits, innovative companies, and electric system operators. With the support of technical experts from national laboratories and other research institutions, these teams work to implement innovative applications of solar and distributed energy resources (DERs) in their unique locations and contexts. The solutions developed by the teams are demonstrated and validated in real-world contexts, making them ready for replication and scale.

The nine teams participating in the first round of the Solar Energy Innovation Network were grouped into two cohorts, based on shared challenges and goals. The stakeholder teams participating in the Innovation Network are making rapid progress toward new, multi-technology solutions such as the pairing of PV and EVs, as well as provision of grid services with PV and storage.

Visit the Solar Energy Innovation Network website to find out more about the program and about the other projects around the country.