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Published on October 12th, 2009 | by Zachary Shahan


US Department of Energy Dishes Out $87 Million for Solar Technology and Deployment

October 12th, 2009 by  

Steven Chu, US Energy Secretary, announced at the start of the Solar Decathlon on DC’s National Mall on Friday that the Department of Energy (DOE) would be dishing out an additional $87 million in new funding for the development and rapid deployment of solar energy technologies.

This money is being given to 47 projects in a range of sub-fields and sectors.


Universities, electric power utilities, the DOE’s National Laboratories, and local governments are being awarded the money. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is providing $50 million of the funding.

The new money is supposed to “help address technical challenges, ensure reliable connectivity with the electrical grid, and train a new generation of solar workers to install and maintain solar energy systems.”

Secretary Chu said: “Today’s awards are among the many investments made to create new jobs and a clean energy future with solar power. The projects will help accelerate the use of solar energy by residents, businesses and communities, and promote the long-term viability of solar energy by investing in the technologies of the future.”

As Green Energy News reports: “Projects focus on both technology improvements and the elimination of market barriers to help make solar electricity accessible to a wide variety of consumers.”

All of this falls within the overall goal of achieving cost-competitive solar electricity by 2015, a goal the US is heavily in favor of.

via Green Energy News

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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