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Washington, DC - On Thursday, December 2, 2010, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be joined by Dr. Arun Majumdar, ARPA-E Director, to  tour 1366 Technologies, a leading solar technology firm that is developing more cost efficient solar panels. 1366 received a $4 million Recovery Act grant through the Department of Energy's Advance Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program in October 2009. 1366 is a shining star, real example showcasing Boston as a leader in the clean energy sector. Since receiving the Recovery Act funds 1366 Technologies has made rapid technical progress towards its goal of halving the cost of solar energy. It has also hired 15 new staff and expects to add additional employees in coming months.

Later in the evening Secretary Chu will travel to New York City to attend, "The World in 2011" gala hosted by The Economist. Secretary Chu will discuss the goals for the Department of Energy in the coming year.

Boston, MA

WHAT: Energy Secretary Steven Chu to visit and tour Boston based 1366 Technologies.
Thursday, December 2, 2010

12:00 PM EST

**Media availability to follow
WHERE:1366 Technologies

45 Hartwell Avenue

North Lexington, MA
New York, NY
WHAT:Secretary Chu to address The Economist "The World in 2011" Gala
WHEN:Thursday, December 2, 2010

8:00 PM EST
WHERE: Skylight SoHo

275 Hudson Street

New York, NY

To RSVP, please contact Amy Jaick, 212.641.9834

Media contact(s):

(202) 586-4940