Florida awards $10 million for solar energy project

February 16th, 2010 - 12:42 am ICT by BNO News  

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA (BNO NEWS) – The State of Florida awarded $10 million to the Florida Solar Energy Center for funding a solar energy project in schools and emergency shelters, Governor Charlie Crist announced on Monday.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) granted the funding as part of the State Energy Program. The project is known as the SunSmart School and E-Shelters (emergency shelters) program.

“The SunSmart School and E-Shelters program will help protect our environment for future generations,” said Governor Crist.

The SunSmart School and E-Shelters program facilitates the use of solar energy by installing photovoltaic (PV) systems. The program provides power during outages at the schools and shelters with PV systems installed. It also supports solar-energy education initiatives for students.

In addition the solar energy contributes to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The State Energy Program provides opportunities for state agencies, local governments and businesses to deploy renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies, resulting in economic development and job growth in Florida’s clean technology sector.

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