Department of Energy Announces New Funding for Solar and Geothermal Technologies

Renewable Energy Magazine | February 06, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $125.5 million in new funding to advance solar technology research. “Solar energy has grown tremendously in the last decade,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. “The research and development supported by this investment will build on the technological foundations necessary to continue the solar industry’s growth and preserve American energy choice, independence, and security.” In addition to the solar funding announcement, EERE announced up to $43.8 million to advance geothermal research and development. These funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), along with a $300 million investment in sustainable transportation made in January 2020, total more than $463 million making this the largest EERE investment made this early in the fiscal year over the past six years.

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DTE Energy | October 05, 2021

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Tigo Energy | September 16, 2021

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