US to build clean energy test site

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

The Energy Department will invest $135m to construct and equip a facility in Colorado to help researchers scale-up promising clean energy technologies, and test how they interact with each other and the grid at utility-scale.

Advanced Energy Industries has signed on as the first private industry partner at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) to be located on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus in Golden, Colorado. AEI will develop lower cost, better performing solar power inverters.

In the last four years, US solar generation has more than doubled, while at the same time the costs of photovoltaic systems have dropped 80%. As it contributes more to the US energy mix, lower cost advanced solar inverters will help usher in an increasingly diverse electricity portfolio, while providing American consumers and businesses with reliable Log in to read complete article.

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