DoE announces USD 23m awards to new solar technologies
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US Energy Department yesterday said it will channel USD 22.7 million (EUR 21.2m) to financially support 23 projects that could significantly reduce the costs for solar energy systems across a variety of technologies.
Under the Technology to Market funding programme, all tools, technologies, and services developed by the selected new projects will aim to reduce the costs of technologies, including photovoltaics (PV); tracking systems; PV load and storage integration; grid monitoring; and power electronics—all while cutting soft costs related to customer acquisition, permitting, project siting, financing, interconnection, and inspection.
“The new projects show the Obama Administration’s continuing commitment to help industry develop and manufacture new, efficient, and innovative technologies that will help maintain and grow our country’s solar leadership, ” said Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
The SunShot Initiative of DoE is now accepting applications for the second round of awardees under this Technology to Market funding programme. Mandatory concept papers are due by Wednesday, November 18.