Veeco Instrument’s St. Paul division was granted $800,000 in matching funds by the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Office of Energy Security under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds will go towards a year and half long project for the expedition of Veeco’s copper-indium-gallium-(di)selenide (CIGS) deposition equipment technology.
David Bruns, senior VP of Veeco’s solar operations, stated, “Veeco will facilitate the development of this critical technology, creating green energy jobs. We would like to acknowledge the integral support of MN District 53B House Representative Carol McFarlane, in addition to MN District 53 Senator Sandy Rummel, MN 4th District Congresswoman Betty McCollum, and other various high-ranking elected government officials. Through visits to Veeco and encouragement of our efforts, they clearly demonstrated their strong support of green energy technology and its advancement in the state of Minnesota.”
Veeco’s proposal was one of nine chosen by the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s OES. The state awarded around $4 million in funding for the Emerging Renewable Energy Industries Grant Program.