EERE’s mission is to create and sustain American leadership in the global transition to a clean energy economy through high-impact research, development, and demonstration and by breaking down barriers to market entry. EERE helps the nation achieve greater energy efficiency and security, environmental health, and economic productivity, by exercising Federal leadership in developing policies, information, technologies, and collaborative partnerships with States, industry, and energy consumers that accelerate and expand the use of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transportation technologies and practices.
The mission of the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is to accelerate the development and large-scale deployment of solar technologies in the United States and to ensure that solar power is a viable and economic source for the Nation’s power needs. SETO's near-term focus is to lead the SunShot initiative to reduce the cost of electricity from solar by 75%, making it competitive with conventional forms of generation by the end of the decade. Toward that end, SETO directs a balanced program of technology planning research, development, test, analysis, evaluation, and communication that will increase the viability of solar energy technologies, including photovoltaic and concentrated solar, power, as clean, competitive, reliable power options for use in end-use sectors of the economy. The Office reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy (DAS-RE).