Department of Energy head Stephen Chu yesterday announced over $110 million in funding to support the development of advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing techniques.
General Electric's team of technologists have come up with a plan to reduce our nation's carbon footprint while saving the typical American homeowner over $850 a year on annual utility bills.
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.
President Obama topped headlines over the weekend by announcing a $2 billion in federal loan guarantees that will allow two solar companies to build three solar energy projects in three different states, creating thousands of jobs in the process.
In 2007, Team Germany's entry in the Solar Decathlon stole the show: fancy retractable floors, house-covering louvred panels that could be closed or open at a light touch to control air and light flow and just happened to be covered with thousands of tiny solar cells, a sleek but somehow organic design. And they've done it again. For the second Decathlon in a row, Germany is going home with the gold.
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government offers businesses a cash grant worth 30 percent of the cost of qualifying renewable energy systems, provided they're installed in 2009 and 2010. The grant option is designed to provide direct payments in lieu of the 30-percent federal renewable energy tax credit. Until recently, details on the grant application and approval process were murky.