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.
In February 2009, the U.S. government passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) -- a bill intended to create new jobs and spark economic activity. Roughly $94 billion of the $787 billion act was set aside for invesments in renewable energy.
There have been conflicting reports as to how much the U.S. military would benefit from using solar energy. RAND Corporation, for example, has been very candid it its assessment that the U.S. military will not benefit directly by switching to renewable fuels.
A military authorization law recently signed by President Obama could lead to a solar standoff between the U.S. and China -- now the world's largest producer of solar panels.
Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York: residents of these states can expect prime opportunities to go solar in 2011, as these five state's governors have made solar energy production and solar technology development a top priority for the new year and beyond.
Since the inauguration of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2007, the state has installed 29.8 megawatts (MW) of solar energy capacity, ranking it behind only California and New Jersey when it comes to states with the most installed solar capacity. With such an increase in solar capacity during his first term, it would have been easy for the state's governor, Deval Patrick, to call it a job well done, satisfied for at least a few years with the state's progress.
The Obama Administration on Thursday released a much anticipated draft of the federal government's plan to build solar energy projects on public land throughout the western United States.
As expected, the U.S. Senate yesterday pushed the tax compromise bill to an official vote. Why do we care, you ask?