17 Nov '11, 4pm

Funding to Reduce Non-Hardware Costs of Solar Energy Systems: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE...

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SunShot Initiative, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced up to $7 million to reduce the non-hardware costs of residential and commercial solar energy installations. Made available through the SunShot Incubator Program, this funding will support the development of tools and approaches that reduce non-hardware, or "soft" costs, such as installation, permitting, interconnection and inspection. These expenses can amount to up to half of the cost of residential systems. The Incubator will make the process of buying, installing and maintaining solar energy systems faster, easier and less expensive. Since 2007, DOE has invested $60 million in the Incubator program for photovoltaics, accelerating the development of technologies that have attracted more than $1.3 billion in private investment. Traditionally, the Incubator primarily ...

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