Country:United States
Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:1999
Policy Type:Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:
Agency:Department of Energy (DOE)

The Department of Energy has published a document entitled "Energy for the New Millenium," which contains a five year business plan for photovoltaic (PV) technology as well as outlined long-range strategies and goals through the year 2020. To achieve the goals of the programme, the U.S. industry must maintain an annual production growth of 25 percent and must ship seven gigawatts of solar panels this year, of which almost half would need to be used in domestic installations. Total costs including operation and maintenance to the end user of the solar technologies must drop $3 per watt by 2010 and $1.50 by 2020. By 2030, module efficiency must reach 25 percent and system costs must drop to $1 per watt. The DOE plan includes funding for research and development of thin films, high-performance devices, silicon materials, characterisation techniques, and other innovative concepts.

This record is superseded by:Advanced Solar PV development: Solar America Initiative

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