At the opening of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar Decathlon on the National Mall, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced up to $87 million will be made available to support the development of new solar energy technologies and the rapid deployment of available solar energy systems.
Of this funding, $50 million comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A total of 47 projects with universities, electric power utilities, DOE's National Laboratories and local governments have been selected to receive the funding.
The projects selected for negotiation of awards fall into four categories: high-penetration solar deployment, Solar America cities special projects, solar installer training and research projects at DOE National Laboratories.Â
For more information and a list of awards, visit www.solar.energy.gov.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy