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Chu Announces Funding for SunShot Solar Energy Manufacturing Projects

Department of Energy head Stephen Chu yesterday announced over $110 million in funding to support the development of advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing techniques.

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DOE's Sunshot Program Aims to Reduce Cost of Solar Energy

If you're wondering how much the cost of solar energy is weighing on the collective mind of the U.S. government, just take a look at the latest solar energy program announced last Friday by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. The Department of Energy (DOE) will put the Sunshot Program into place -- a $27 million initiative to invest in the development and commercialization of solar energy technology.

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Colorado Maker of Solar Thin Film to Expand Production

More thin-film solar panels could soon be available to property owners looking to install solar energy systems, as a Colorado-based maker is poised to expand its production.

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LIPA Secures Funds, Reopens New York Solar Rebate Program

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), a regional electricity provider in New York, has resolved a common problem that has plagued numerous utilities across the countries: too many people want to install a solar home energy system.

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Inverter Company Tapped for Solar Energy Grid Project

On Monday, the Colorado-based Advanced Energy Industries announced that one of its companies, PV Powered, has been contracted to carry out development work for stage three of the Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) project.

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Dept of Energy to Fund Four Grid Projects

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it will contribute $8.5 million to the completion of four utility grid infrastructure projects in three different states. The funding is coming specifically from the DOE's Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) program. Combined with private funds, the total $20 million in funding will aid utility companies incorporating solar energy into utility grids.

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Dept. Of Energy Adds $120M for Energy Efficiency, Weatherization

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced additional funds to support energy efficiency and weatherization projects. Via its Weatherization Assistance Program, DOE will disburse an additional $120 million in grants to some 120 organizations working to retrofit homes across the country. Last year, the Weather Assistance Program (WAP) received $5 billion in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Concentrating Solar Gets $62M Backing From DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced it would invest $62 million in concentrating solar power (CSP) technology.

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A Few Images from the Solar Decathalon

Posted by Adam Sewall In Tuesday, October 13 2009 under: Solar Decathlon, Washington, DC, department of energy, Solar Technology

For those of you near the nation's capital, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon deserves a visit. The biennial event -- which this year runs through October 18 -- challenges 20 college teams from around the world to design, build and operate the best solar-powered house.

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Treasury Now Accepting Renewable Energy Grant Applications

Posted by Adam Sewall In Friday, July 31 2009 under: Treasury, Commercial Solar, Solar Energy Grants, department of energy

As we relayed a couple of weeks ago, the Treasury Department has been slowly releasing details on the federal renewable energy grant program, which offers companies "payments for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits." In other words, instead of receiving a federal corporate tax credit worth 30 percent of the costs of an eligible solar energy system, businesses may instead apply to receive a cash grant of equal value. (To qualify for the grant option, systems must be installed in 2009 or 2010.)

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