$87M from DOE to Support Solar Development 

From Renewable Energy World.com: At the opening of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon on the National Mall this week, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced up to US $87 million will be made available to support the development of new solar energy technologies. The selected projects will help accelerate the commercialization of solar technologies in an effort to achieve cost-competitive solar electricity by 2015.  The (47)projects selected for negotiation of awards are in four categories:

  • High Penetration Solar Deployment. Seven projects will model, test, and evaluate the impact of large amounts of photovoltaic (PV) electricity on the reliability and stability of the electric power system.
  • Solar America Cities Special Projects. Sixteen cities have been selected for projects that will address specific barriers to solar adoption in urban settings and support innovative approaches that can be widely replicated. Many cities will use this funding for multiple efforts.
  • Solar Installer Training. Nine colleges, universities, and local organizations have been selected to lead regional solar installation “train-the-trainer” programs.
  • Research projects at DOE national laboratories. Fifteen projects at DOE national laboratories will seek to improve technologies, devices and processes for both the PV and Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) industry. Read more

Also of interest is this related article on a Maine college receiving some of the funding lead a regional training program for solar energy installers.

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