The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that more than $145 million will go to 69 advanced solar energy projects in 24 states. The goal of this plan, called the SunShot Initiative, is to decrease the cost of solar energy systems by 75 percent by 2020, the end of the current decade.
The SunShot Initiative federal funds will facilitate research needed to generate solar energy technologies that are efficient and inexpensive as well as advance manufacturing processes for photovoltaic solar cells and solar energy system parts. As a result, these efforts also will increase the number of manufacturing green jobs in half of the United States in addition to making the United States less dependent on foreign oil.
“America is in a world race to produce cost-competitive renewable energy that can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, create manufacturing jobs across the nation and improve our energy security,” Secretary Steven Chu said.
Various Projects Will Receive Department of Energy Support
Some SunShot Initiative projects that will receive government funding include tools to streamline building codes along with research into new classes of photovoltaic energy.
Other state SunShot Initiative solar energy projects aim to incorporate solar energy systems into existing electrical power grids at higher levels, while others focus on developing solar system parts such as mounting racks and power inverters, Department of Energy officials said last week. These SunShot Initiative projects offer promising opportunities for people seeking green jobs in the manufacturing industry.
“The projects announced today under DOE’s SunShot Initiative will spur American innovation to help reduce the costs of clean, renewable solar energy and re-establish U.S. global leadership in this fast growing industry,” Chu said.
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