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Solar America Initiative

The Solar America Initiative is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015. The strategy pursues complementary activities in research and development (R&D) and in market transformation. The goals are to reduce costs through R&D and to eliminate market barriers through deployment.

To achieve its goals, the Solar America Initiative partners with:

  • Industry
  • Universities
  • State governments
  • Federal agencies
  • Other non-governmental agencies.

Benefits to the nation of the Solar America Initiative include:

  • Boosting the economy by creating a U.S.-based solar industry
  • Increasing energy security by diversifying the nation's electricity portfolio
  • Decreasing the effect of power outages on cities
  • Reducing the impact on the environment of power generation from fossil fuels, nuclear energy, and natural gas.

The Solar America Initiative is part of the President's Advanced Energy Initiative. The Solar America Initiative Posture Plan summarizes key elements of the Solar America Initiative.