Department of Energy grants announced for hydropower, other renewables

The U.S. Department of Energy will invest more than $200 million over the next five years in renewable energy development, including marine and hydrokinetic technologies, the DOE reported.

The grants are intended to help renewable energy overcome technical barriers and demonstrate new technologies.

$39 million will be provided over the next four years for research and development in marine and hydrokinetic energy technology areas, the DOE said.

$125 million will go toward solar photovoltaic manufacturing-related projects over five years. A further $40 million will be available for solar photovoltaic supply chain projects over the next three years.

The department will invest up to $4.5 million to choose a National Administrator that will act as a central coordinating body for the Solar Instructor Training Network.

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