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About the US DOE Regional Test Centers

Page • To maintain U.S. competitiveness, the DOE recognizes that more must be done to help companies developing new technologies cross the second “Valley of Death”—the lack of capital resources required to demonstrate the large-scale manufacturing and economic viability and reliability (or...

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Page • New Mexico RTC at Sandia National Laboratories New Mexico RTC Fact Sheet The NM RTC has two PV deployment areas available for RTC systems.  The first is intended for larger sized systems (>50kW) and the second for smaller systems (5-50...

Background

Page • A SunShot Initiative In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Program (now SunShot) established five Regional Test Centers (RTCs) across the United States to independently validate the performance and reliability of photovoltaic (PV) concentrated PV (CPV)...

Burlington Free Press: New research center aims to energize solar business in the US

Post • Williston center, one of 5 in country, expected to be operational within next few months   WILLISTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., looked on the bright side of Monday’s finger-numbing cold weather at the announcement of a federal solar panel test center coming...

Cocoa, Florida

Page • RTC at the Florida Solar Energy Center Florida RTC Fact Sheet The Florida Solar Energy Center, a division of the University of Central Florida, has been researching and testing PV technology for over 20 years. They have a strong partnership with...

Commercial & Industry Partners

Page • Partnering with the U.S. Solar Industry The RTCs welcome PV system designers and module manufacturers interested in increasing the bankability of their products at reduced cost. Each RTC will work closely with its partners to develop testing and monitoring protocols...

Current Test Centers

Page • Overview Two of the current regional test centers (New Mexico and Colorado) are under the direct oversight of Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; the remaining centers, Florida, MI (under development), and Nevada are managed as a partnership between Sandia...

Future UCF solar panel research center may spur business

Post • Future UCF solar panel research center may spur business Orlando Business Journal, February 3, 2012 “because manufacturers would want to be near where the latest technology is being tested and validated,” said James Fenton, director of the Florida Solar Energy Center...

Golden, Colorado

Page • Colorado RTC at National Renewable Energy Laboratory Colorado RTC Fact SheetManaged by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), this eight-acre RTC site has 1 MW DC capacity and is located at the SolarTAC facility (near Denver International Airport). SolarTAC, which has...

HelioVolt: Leveraging Test Centers to Validate System Performance

Post • They may be small in size, but the 5-kilowatt HelioVolt solar installations recently deployed at three DOE Regional Test Centers (RTCs) represent a big step for the photovoltaic (PV) industry. As the first three PV arrays to be tested under the SunShot...

Henderson, Nevada

Page • Nevada RTC Nevada Regional Test Center for Solar Research and Education Fact SheetThe Nevada RTC site is located in the city of Henderson, on land occupied by the River Mountains Water Treatment Facility, which is operated by the Southern Nevada Water...

Monitoring and Instrumentation

Page • Managed by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the RTCs are predicated on technical excellence. To ensure consistency across the five RTC sites, the RTC team has designed state-of the-art monitoring and data-acquisition systems. In addition,...

Norwich Technologies and the VT RTC Featured in TV News Story

Post • In December 2015, Norwich Technologies hoisted by crane a 5.3kW photovoltaic (PV) system onto a roof at the Vermont Regional Test Center (RTC)—a test center funded by DOE and managed by Sandia that focuses on PV performance data and supports...

Prism Solar Bifacial System Installed at the NM RTC

Post • New bifacial photovoltaic (PV) cell technology makes it possible to harvest sunlight from both sides of a PV module, resulting in significant energy gains at future larger production scales with minimal cost increases. Sandia recently installed a bifacial solar PV...

RTC Fact Sheets

Page • These fact sheets offer details about the RTC program, partnering with the RTCs, and each individual center. All files are in Adobe PDF (get Adobe Reader). RTC OVERVIEW FACT SHEETS The US DOE Regional Test Center Program – overview of the RTC program...

Sandia Lab building solar test centers across US

Post • “With the trend in the solar industry toward larger systems and greater capital investment – substantial amounts of money are going into this field – the financial community is increasingly scrutinizing how well these systems operate,” said Charles Hanley, manager...

Sandia Labs tapped again to lead national solar evaluation centers

Post • Solar engineer Joshua Stein works on one of several photovoltaic systems being evaluated for industry partners at Sandia National Laboratories in the U.S. Regional Test Centers program. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories won a three-year renewal of a Department...

Solar Power in Vermont

Post • Sen. Bernie Sanders was joined on Monday by Gov. Peter Shumlin and representatives of IBM, Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy to launch the Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center. Sen. Bernie Sanders was joined on Monday by...

SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum

Post • The SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum was the first event in a series of Department of Energy Grand Challenges. This event focused on SunShot Initiative goals of achieving grid-parity solar energy within the decade. The SunShot Summit and Technology Forum...

Technical Approach to Validation

Page • 1.   PV SYSTEMS VALIDATION There are many reasons why systems could perform differently at different sites (solar resource, environmental conditions, etc.). One of the objectives of the validation work is to measure and document these differences with the goal of...

The RTC Team

Page • The DOE Office of Solar Energy Technologies oversees the RTCs, providing strategic direction to ensure ongoing alignment with DOE goals and priorities. Management of the RTCs is shared jointly by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), with...

The US DOE Regional Test Center Program for Emerging Solar Technologies

Page • Founded in 2012, the U.S. DOE Regional Test Centers (RTCs) for Emerging Solar Technologies help drive the deployment of new solar technologies, demonstrating their robustness across different climate zones, and thus play a critical role in helping accelerate the nation's...

Validation Plan

Page • The DOE established Regional Test Centers (RTCs) at five different locations to independently validate the performance and reliability of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, particularly for emerging U.S. manufacturers, and to develop standardized processes for such validation procedures. These locations (Albuquerque,...

Valley News: U.S. Solar Power Testing Site to Be Built in Vt.

Post • By Wilson Ring Associated Press Tuesday, November 5, 2013 (Published in print: Tuesday, November 5, 2013) Williston, Vt. — A seven-acre field in Williston is being converted into an outdoor laboratory where scientists and engineers will study the effectiveness of...

Working with Us

Page • How to Partner The RTCs invite manufacturers of PV and CPV modules, power electronics and other system components, to apply for technical support from the RTC to conduct a validation study for their product or service.  Eligibility All US-owned companies...