$13 Million to Expand Solar Energy Technologies


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will fund more than $13 million of research development in solar technology as part of President Bush's $148 million Solar American Initiative, which aims to make solar power cost-competitive with conventional electricity sources by 2015.

The Solar American Initiative is part of the president's Advanced Energy Initiative, which seeks to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy. The funding will support a number of projects, including Solar Codes and Standards Working Group Leadership (which will create and operate a national working group to manage solar codes and standards), and the National Voluntary Photovoltaic Module Performance Rating System (which focuses on the creation of a national voluntary PV module rating standard), among others.

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