DOE gives $2.4 million to 12 solar cities

The Dept. of Energy will make available $2.4 million to 12 cities selected as Solar America Cities to advance the Solar America Initiative. These cities were chosen for their commitment and comprehensive approach to the deployment of solar technologies and the development of sustainable infrastructure.

04/10/2008


The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) will make available $2.4 million to 12 cities selected as Solar America Cities to advance the Solar America Initiative (SAI). These cities were chosen for their commitment and comprehensive approach to the deployment of solar technologies and the development of sustainable infrastructure. Combined with industry cost share and city funding, total investment for all 12 cities is $12.1 million.

SAI aims to make electricity from photovoltaics cost-competitive with conventional electricity by 2015. Cities selected, which will each receive $200,000 are: Denver. Houston; Knoxville, Tenn.; Milwaukee; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; Orlando, Fla,; Philadelphia; Sacramento and Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Seattle.

 

DOE also will provide hands-on assistance from technical experts to help facilities integrate solar technologies into energy planning, zoning, and facilities; streamline local regulations and practices that affect solar adoption by residents and businesses; present solar financing options; and promote solar technology to residents and local businesses through outreach, curriculum development, and incentive programs. Technical assistance is estimated at $3 million, subject to appropriations from Congress.





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