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Minh Le, Director, Sunshot Initiative, Dept. of Energy

The first class of Marine trainees from the Energy Department's new solar job training program graduated earlier this year. It's called the Sunshot Initiative, and its goal is to train service members as solar panel installers and other solar industry related jobs. There are three military bases and more than 200 service members involved in the initiative. Minh Le, director of the Sunshot Initiative at the Energy Department talked about the ambitious goals of the program on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Minh Le , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Energy Department , Marine , Sunshot Initiative , innovation , Technology

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:06am EDT

Army plans to begin four 'utility-scale' renewable energy projects this year

The four acquisition decisions the service will make in the coming months are the first fruits of a task force the Army created to pursue large-scale solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and waste-to-energy facilities on its bases.

Tags: Army , Air Force , renewable energy , John Lushetsky , Kathy Ahsing , Energy initiatives task force , industry , Fort Bliss , Fort Irwin , Fort Detrick , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 01:46pm EDT

Army leads charge to energy security

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has made energy independence an important priority for the Pentagon. Now, the U.S. Army is embarking on a project that would create the largest solar energy array in the American military.

Tags: Technology , U.S. Army , Fort Irwin , Clark Energy Group , Acciona Solar Power , Nellis AFB , Max Cacas

Monday - 08/03/2009, 06:39am EDT

Green government already shining in Denver

President Obama was in Denver Tuesday to sign The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, known to most of us as the stimulus bill. That bill includes money for alternative energy, but federal buildings at the Denver Federal Center (DFC) are already using alternative energy

Tags: tech , mngt , Green government , Douglas Porter , Denver Federal Solar Park , renewable energy

Tuesday - 02/17/2009, 08:36pm EST

Old home offers new energy savings

The Western Maryland Tour of Solar and Green Homes featured homes that were made more energy efficient with a little creativity.

Tags: solar , green homes

Monday - 10/04/2010, 10:30am EDT

Marine company goes solar

A Marine company in California uses only solar energy to power its Command Center.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Marines ,

Tuesday - 09/21/2010, 05:11pm EDT

Solar Growth

The Solar Energy Industries Association reports that 2009 was another year of strong growth in the industry despite the economic recession. They report overall U.S. solar electric capacity, including both photovoltaic and concentrating solar power installations, increased by some 37 percent. This was driven primarily by strong demand in the residential and utility-scale markets, state and federal policy advances, and declining technology prices. As a result, total solar industry revenue reached 4 billion dollars, a 36 percent increase over 2008. Pointing to the importance of the technology to reducing greenhouse gasses while helping to stimulate the economy, the Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technology Program accelerates the development of solar technologies as energy sources for the nation and world.

Tags: Technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Department of Energy

Monday - 04/19/2010, 11:28am EDT

BP Solar lays off 320 workers

Even while the use of solar energy to power homes, offices and other buildings increases, the cost of making panels and other equipment is still high in the U S

Tags: BP Solar , Job Losses , Reyad Fezzani

Saturday - 03/27/2010, 01:04pm EDT