US to invest $29 million in solar technologies

Solar Panel_SXC_360.jpg

The U.S. Department of Energy announced it will invest $29 million in solar projects in an effort to boost the nation's renewable energy sector.

In a December 10 statement, the DOE said $21 million would be spent over the next five years on designing plug-and-play photovoltaic systems that would make the process of purchasing and installing solar technologies quicker and less expensive. The USA's Center for Sustainable Energy Systems and North Carolina State University will lead the projects to develop the PV technology and components. UPI reported that the plug-and-play technology would allow operators to install PV systems in one day.

Another $8 million would be invested into two projects that will help utilities and grid operators better forecast the amount of electricity that could be produced at U.S. solar energy plants. Researchers will be working with the DOE and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association to improve the accuracy of solar forecasts.

"The price of solar panels has fallen dramatically in recent years, but we also need to reduce the cost and time required to actually install them in homes and businesses, and help utility companies better integrate renewable energy into the grid." said Energy Secretary Steven Chu in the DOE release. "Projects like these can help reduce the cost of solar power and make it easier for American families and businesses to access clean, affordable energy."

PennEnergy's research area offers details on photovoltaics in the U.S.

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

Whitepapers

Five Steps to Build an Effective Threat Intelligence Capability

Against today’s mutating threat landscape and sophisticated cybercriminals, security and risk (S&...

Big Data: Business Insight for Power and Utilities

With this paper Microsoft aims to distill the Big Data drivers, challenges, and opportunities for...

Mobility Innovations for the Next Generation Utility

Utilities are experiencing rapidly changing field mobility requirements as they race to keep up w...

Six Hurdles to Change Management

Are you able to effectively monitor intelligent industrial endpoints and manage change within cri...

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>

Archived Articles

PennEnergy Articles
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

OGJ Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

OGFJ Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

Power Engineering Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

Power Engineering Intl Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

Utility Products Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

HydroWorld Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

COSPP Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

ELP Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013