The US Energy Department said it would provide US$45 million in new renewable energy funding focused on solar manufacturing technologies and is part of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative. 

The latest funding opportunity was said to combine three historically separate SunShot Initiative funding programs, which includes, Incubator, Solar Manufacturing Technology, and Scaling Up Nascent PV at Home. 

The US Energy Department is also providing US$14 million for 15 new projects to help communities develop multi-year solar deployment plans to install solar electricity in homes, businesses, and communities that fits with combining SunShot programs across the supply chain and focus on cost reductions. 

“As President Obama noted in his State of the Union address, the U.S. brings as much solar power online every three weeks as we did in all of 2008,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “As the price of solar continues to drop, the Energy Department is committed to supporting a robust domestic solar manufacturing sector that will help American business meet growing demand and help American families and businesses save money by making solar a cheaper and more accessible source of clean electricity.”