The Energy Department has announced it will invest up to $105.5 million in 70 research-and-development efforts that aim to produce solar power technology platforms.
DOE said Tuesday it allocated $46 million for 14 projects that will focus on solar systems integration platforms and $24 million for 21 concentrating solar power R&D projects.
Twenty-eight recipients of up to $27 million will explore photovoltaic cells, modules, and systems, and four awardees of up to $8.5 million will pursue initiatives to help expand the solar industry workforce.
“Investing in all of our abundant energy sources, including solar technologies, will help drive down costs and ensure that the nation leads the world in energy production and innovation,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said.
DOE has also invested $25 million in R&D funds to strengthen cybersecurity of the energy sector.