The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be granted more than $100 million from the economic stimulus package, the U.S. Department of Energy announced on Wednesday.
From the total assigned to the NREL, $68 million is for an energy efficient office building, $19.2 million for solar and geothermal and fuel cells to produce electricity and reduce carbon use, and $13.5 million for upgrades to the biorefinery research facility, the Department of Energy said in a statement.
Separately, $93 million will be allocated to advance wind energy technology, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said today in Colorado.
Wind energy will be one of the most important contributors to meeting President Obama's target of generating 10 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2012, Chu said. Wind projects will also help in creating more new jobs and expanding a clean energy economy, he added.
The projects funded will also help by creating more new jobs and expanding a clean energy economy, the DOE said.