WASHINGTON, July 19, 2017 - The Energy Department (DOE) will fund 48 projects intended to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies. The research, within the DOE’s SunShot Initiative program, is aimed at lowering costs, increasing reliability, and improving efficiency. “The SunShot Initiative is a proven driver of solar energy innovation,” program director Charlie Gay said. “These projects ensure there’s a pipeline of knowledge, human resources, transformative technology solutions, and research to support the industry.” Funds will help researchers explore photovoltaics modules and systems. Allocations were also made within the program to support solar entrepreneurs and small businesses in early-stage research.