Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced more than $145 million for projects to help shape the next generation of solar energy technologies and ensure that the United States remains a leader in this global market. Sixty-nine projects in 24 states will accelerate research and development to increase efficiency, lower costs and advance cutting-edge technologies. Funded through DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the projects will also improve materials, manufacturing processes and supply chains for a wide range of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and components of solar energy systems. Some of these investments also support efforts that will shorten the overall timeline from prototype to production and streamline building codes, zoning laws, permitting rules, and business processes for installing solar energy systems. The SunShot Initiative seeks to make solar energy systems more cost-competitive, without long-term subsidies, by reducing the cost of these systems about 75 percent by the end of the decade. The achievement of the SunShot Initiative goals will encourage rapid, widespread adoption of solar energy systems across the United States.
Universities receiving awards for advanced solar technologies include:
The California Institute of Technology; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; Colorado School of Mines; Colorado State University; University of Delaware; University of South Florida; Georgia Institute of Technology; Georgia Tech; University of Hawaii; Boise State University; Illinois State University; University of Chicago; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Michigan; University of Minnesota; North Carolina State; Ohio State University; University of Texas; Old Dominion University; University of Washington; University of Wisconsin, Madison.