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U.S. Department of Energy Installs Solar Panels

The U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E) finally put their money where their mouth is and installed a 205 kilowatt (kW) solar electric system on their headquarters in Washington D.C. The system will generate 222,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year. So it seems like the D.O.E. are a bunch of slow spokes when it comes to adopting new energy technology, why did it take them so long to install solar panels, when many homes and businesses around the world have been harnessing the power of the sun? Well the D.O.E. invests very little in research & development compared to nuclear bombs which is where most of the yearly D.O.E. budget is allocated to. Our own department of energy is lagging behind when it comes to renewable energy, this is one of the root causes of why the American energy policy is very flawed. Isn’t it ironic that the D.O.E logo has a wind turbine and sun in it’s...

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America’s Solar Cities 2008

Today, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman made a public announcement that the DOE will be funding 2.4 million dollars to 12 cities across the country. These Solar America cities have been chosen for their commitment to the deployment of solar technologies. Cities selected as Solar America Cities will receive 0,000 (doesn’t sound like much, but its better than nothing) to implement a variety of solar technologies throughout the cities. The funded cities include: Denver, CO Houston, TX Knoxville, TN Milwaukee, WI Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN Orlando, FL Philadelphia, PA Sacramento, CA San Antonio, TX San Jose, CA Santa Rosa, CA Seattle, WA In addition to the funding the DOE will provide technical assistance to the cities for them to implement solar technologies. The cities will be free to implement various renewable energy technologies from solar water heating, photovoltaics to concentrating solar...

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