US earmarks US$125.5 million of government money for solar R&D

The US Department of Energy | February 06, 2020

The US Department of Energy (DoE) announced on Wednesday a US$125.5 million package for a range of advanced solar R&D initiatives. The funding will go towards research focused on grid resiliency, solar-plus-storage, cybersecurity, manufacturing, artificial intelligence, concentrated solar power (CSP) and developing solar with agriculture. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said: “the research and development supported by this investment will build on the technological foundations necessary to continue the solar industry’s growth and preserve American energy choice, independence, and security. These investments directly support the Trump Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy.”

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As we've covered once before, Kamala Harris has somewhat of a Trump fixation in her 2020 Democratic campaign. Last night's third televised debate proved no exception for the Senator, either. As analysis by FiveThirtyEight shows, Harris mentioned the president 11 times during her 14 minutes of speaking time - more than any other candidate, with Julián Castro mentioning Trump by name the second most-often with seven times.

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As we've covered once before, Kamala Harris has somewhat of a Trump fixation in her 2020 Democratic campaign. Last night's third televised debate proved no exception for the Senator, either. As analysis by FiveThirtyEight shows, Harris mentioned the president 11 times during her 14 minutes of speaking time - more than any other candidate, with Julián Castro mentioning Trump by name the second most-often with seven times.

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Entrust | November 08, 2022

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TTEC | September 23, 2022

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