U.S. Department of Energy

    Energy Secretary Announces Selections of $168 Million in Solar Energy Projects

    March 8, 2007

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today announced the selection of 13 industry-led solar technology development projects for negotiation for up to $168 million (FY'07-'09) in funding, subject to appropriation from Congress. These strategic alliances are part of the Solar America Initiative called Technology Pathway Partnerships and emphasize collaborative research in manufacturing. These partnerships are comprised of more than 50 companies, 14 universities, 3 non-profit organizations, and 2 national laboratories. DOE funding is expected to begin in FY'07, with $51.6 million going to the Technology Pathway Partnerships. In addition, the projects announced today will enable the projected expansion of the annual U.S. manufacturing capacity of PV systems from 240 MW in 2005 to as much as 2,850 MW by 2010, representing more than a ten-fold increase. Such capacity would also put the U.S. industry on track to reduce the cost of electricity produced by PV from current levels of $0.18-$0.23 per kWh to $0.05 - $0.10 per kWh by 2015 - a price that is competitive in markets nationwide. To learn more see the:

    U.S. DOE Press Release March 8, 2007

    SAI Web Announcement

    Overview of Solar America Initiative Awards Project Announcements on Technology Pathway Partnerships (PDF 3.3 MB) Download Adobe Reader