DOE Forms National PV Center
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is forming a National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREC). The move enhances linkages between DOE-funded solar energy research programs conducted by NREL, Sandia National Laboratories and several state and federal agencies and universities across the nation. The Center will be the focal point for technology development and information on photovoltaics in the United States.
The center will be located at NREL, DOE`s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy technologies. The goal of the center is to link staff expertise and state-of-the-art research facilities at NREL and Sandia National Laboratories with Solar programs at Brookhaven National Laboratory and university centers of excellence in Delaware, Georgia, Florida and New Mexico. The alliance will also include the Utility Photovoltaic Group, a government/industry partnership to increase the use of photovoltaics by utilities. The Center`s objectives are to partner with the U.S. photovoltaics industry to achieve the cost and performance goals to make photovoltaics competitive on a global scale. It will also serve as the point of contact for photovoltaic information, education and outreach and facilitate strategic partnerships with domestic and international stakeholders to overcome market and institutional barriers.