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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

U.S. Department of Energy Awards Funding to CNSE CIGS Solar Project

April 11, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $57 million award to The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the State University of New York at Albany as part of its SunShot Advanced PV Manufacturing Partnerships Program. Veeco Instruments Inc. a leading provider of equipment for the solar industry, announced today that it is a key partner for CNSE on this project as part of the U.S. Photovoltaic Consortium.
The DOE’s SunShot Initiative aims to reduce the total costs of photovoltaic solar energy systems by about 75 % so that CIGS (Copper, Indium, Gallium, Selenide) solar is cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade. Achieving this goal – equivalent to approximately $1 per watt or roughly 6 cents per kilowatt-hour for utility systems – would allow solar energy systems to be broadly deployed across the country. 
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