The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) accelerates the advancement and deployment of solar technology in support of an equitable transition to a decarbonized economy no later than 2050, starting with a decarbonized power sector by 2035. Achieving this goal will support the nationwide effort to meet the threat of climate change and ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy. SETO supports solar energy research, development, demonstration, and technical assistance to improve the affordability, reliability, and domestic benefit of solar technologies on the electric grid.
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is a member of the national laboratory system supported by DOE through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California and charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. The researchers who helped develop the USPVDB are part of LBNL's Electricity Markets and Policy Group (EMP). EMP informs public and private decision making within the U.S. electricity sector through independent, interdisciplinary analysis of critical electricity policy and market issues.
LBNL's contribution to this project is made possible through support from SETO within DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.
The USGS Energy Resources Program (ERP) addresses the challenge of increasing demand for energy sources by studying and assessing the resources of the geologic energy sources, such as oil and gas, coal, gas hydrates and geothermal. The USGS ERP is also involved in studying the impacts of wind and environmental effects of resource extraction, use and development. The results of USGS research and USGS data are used to inform policymakers regarding domestic and foreign energy resources and to manage energy resources on Federal lands.
The USGS scientists who contributed to USPVDB brought expertise in geospatial systems, mapping, and energy resource assessments to create a unified database viewer.