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October 29, 2013 > California receives nearly $12 million for affordable solar power

California receives nearly $12 million for affordable solar power

Submitted By U.S. Dept of Energy

Energy Secretary Moniz announced October 22, 2013 that nearly $12 million will go to California to support innovative solar energy research and development. As part of a total $60 million Energy Department investment through its SunShot Initiative, these awards will help lower the cost of solar electricity, advance seamless grid integration and support a growing U.S. solar workforce.

ÒThe tremendous growth in the U.S. solar industry over the past few years is helping to pave the way to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future that protects our air and water and provides affordable clean energy to more and more Americans,Ó said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The Department is also awarding about $7 million Ð including nearly $1.2 million to Stanford University Ð to develop stronger, more reliable solar components as well as dependable performance tests for microinverters and microconverters. These projects provide easier installation and more effective capture of energy for both photovoltaic and concentrating solar power systems.

The Energy Department is investing about $8 million to help utilities forecast and integrate high levels of renewable energy generation into the grid, while ensuring reliable and affordable power. As part of this, the Energy Department is awarding about $500,000 each to Clean Power Research and University of California-San Diego to improve the accuracy of load forecasting in California and develop better real-time dispatch tools.

About $15 million is being awarded to develop power engineering curriculum and launch four regional training consortiums. Valencia-based Electricore will receive about $2.3 million to help train the next generation of energy engineers, system operators and utility professionals.

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