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March 10, 2014

Energy Department Awards $2.2 Million to Drive Innovative Solutions, Lower Costs of Solar

The Energy Department today announced $2.2 million for three California projects to help lower the costs of solar electricity and increase deployment nationwide. This funding will help startup businesses and entrepreneurs develop technologies, innovative programs, and streamlined processes that will make solar more accessible for American families and businesses. More

February 26, 2014

DOI Announces Two Solar Projects Approved in California, Nevada

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced the approval of two solar energy projects located near the Nevada-California border that are expected to supply 550 megawatts of renewable energy.  More

February 26, 2014

Army Awards 20 Additional Contracts for Renewable Energy Technologies

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded another 20 contracts to companies for biomass energy, solar energy, and wind energy technologies.  More

February 19, 2014

Energy Department Announces Student Teams for Solar Decathlon 2015

The Energy Department announced the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 and unveiled the competition’s location—the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.  More

February 19, 2014

Energy Department Offers $25 Million for U.S. Solar Manufacturing

The Energy Department announced $25 million in new funding to boost domestic solar manufacturing and speed up the commercialization of efficient, affordable photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies.  More

February 19, 2014

World’s Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant Opens in California

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s largest concentrating solar power plant, officially opened on February 13.  More

February 5, 2014

State of the Union Highlights Clean Energy Progress

President Obama focused on a variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues in his State of the Union address, highlighting progress toward a "shift to a cleaner energy economy" and spotlighting solar energy and fuel efficiency. More

January 29, 2014

Report: U.S. Solar Jobs Grew 20% Since Last Year

The Solar Foundation released its National Solar Jobs Census 2013, which found that the U.S. solar industry added nearly 24,000 workers in 2013, a 20% increase over 2012.  More

January 22, 2014

Report: U.S. Military Accelerates Deployment of Clean Energy Technologies

Deployment of clean energy technologies is accelerating across military installations operated by the U.S. Department of Defense, according to a report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts.  More

December 18, 2013

Energy Department Invests $13 Million in U.S. Solar Manufacturing

The Energy Department invested more than $13 million in funding for five projects in California, Colorado, Georgia, Oregon, and Pennsylvania to strengthen solar energy manufacturing.  More

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