Today, Secretary Chu announced the selection of 40 projects across 15 states to receive more than $175 million to accelerate the development and deployment of next-generation vehicle technologies. From state-of-the-art electric drive batteries to light-weight vehicles, these projects will help improve vehicle fuel efficiency and create quality jobs.
The selected projects focus on eight key approaches to improving vehicle efficiency, including:
Last month, St. Paul, Minnesota unveiled the largest solar thermal project in the Upper Midwest on the roof of the St. Paul RiverCentre, the city-owned convention center overlooking the Mississippi River. The project was funded by $1 million in Recovery Act funding from the Department of Energy’s Solar America Communities program as well as by matching funds from District Energy St. Paul, a Twin Cities utility company that heats 80 percent of downtown buildings in the city.
An aerial view of the solar installation | courtesy of District Energy St. Paul