EERE leads the U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts to develop and deliver market-driven solutions for energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing; sustainable transportation; and renewable electricity generation. One of its most recent projects is the SunShot initiative, which is a national collaborative effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. In order to do that, EERE created the SunShot Catalyst – an innovation community that turns crowdsourced solar ideas into a reality. Essentially, the program matches great ideas that advance the solar market with great teams that can execute on a business solution.

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  • They introduced a two-phase challenge that linked problems with solutions
  • Promoted their community through multiple-channels
  • Twitter proved to be a useful resource
2014 Innovation Award Winner: Department of Energy