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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Got Energy? You May Qualify for a Small Business Grant

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced grants for small businesses who create ideas that could save energy costs in the U.S. The grants total $10.5 million.

Seventy small businesses will receive grant awards in Phase I of the program. The projects need to focus on ways to commercialize technologies that will save energy in innovative ways. It could include finding clean energy sources to implement in manufacturing, making buildings more energy efficient and generating other sources for electricity that are renewable.

High on the list are ideas to construct more energy-efficient buildings, reducing reliance on foreign oil, and developing solar cells. Some of the companies awarded grants have developed solar water heaters, energy-efficient insulation materials for buildings and homes, software that optimizes the use of energy, smart window coatings, and solar panels.

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is responsible for developing energy efficient and renewable sources of energy in transportation, homes and buildings, and manufacturing to ensure sustainable supplies of energy for the future.

For more information, visit http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=843
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