Request for Information: Scaling the U.S. Solar Manufacturing Workforce


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) has issued a request for information (RFI) on the challenges and opportunities associated with scaling the domestic solar manufacturing workforce. Responses are due June 2 at 5 p.m. ET.

SETO requests feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on job roles associated with operating U.S.-based manufacturing facilities involved in the production of:

  • Photovoltaic (PV) modules (including crystalline silicon and thin-film)
  • Semiconductor materials and components (e.g., Si metal, polysilicon, ingots, wafers, cells)
  • Materials used to construct PV modules (e.g., solar glass, frames, encapsulants, backsheets, etc.)
  • Other equipment associated with PV systems.

Download the RFI and submit your responses by June 2.

New Internship: Solar Manufacturing Internship for Leaders in Energy

This summer, SETO will pilot the Solar Manufacturing Internship for Leaders in Energy (SMILE), a new ten-week summer internship program that will place students from Minority Serving Institutions in internships at SETO awardee companies. Students will participate in professional development programming and learn about the development of innovative solar energy technologies.

During the pilot program, students from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Pomona, CA), will support research and development at Element 16.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) will administer the program. More information will be released in the future.

Learn more about SETO’s manufacturing and competitiveness research.