How groundbreaking is DOE’s new $53M solar investment?

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With 40 new recipients, it depends on the company. The Department of Energy contends its SunShot investments are targeting the right places.

Ernest Moniz is an all-of-the above kind of energy secretary. He’s a supporter of advanced nuclear, natural gas, carbon sequestration and all kinds of renewables — and has the diverse funding at the Department of Energy to show for it.

But there’s one technology that he’s been giving a lot of special attention: solar.

“I think solar is in a good place,” said Moniz, standing amidst a 6.4-megawatt solar installation on the roof of the Mandalay Bay convention center in Las Vegas on Wednesday. “I think we’re there.”

Well, not all the way there.


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