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by Jon Hopkins
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 6 (UPI) — A $9.6 million solar project aimed at encouraging development of solar panel arrays in the United States may generate only part of the $50 million needed to build solar power plants.
The National Solar Jobs Initiative, launched last week, aims to expand access to solar energy as part of a host of other government programs, as well as private sector investment in developing clean energy technology.
“It’s not clear yet how big the overall job impact will be, but, of course, in terms of jobs, that would be great,” said Stephen P. Mirembi, the initiative’s lead program officer.
Mirembi said the goal is to raise the number of potential solar jobs to 100,000 each year by 2024.
“But it remains expensive and it’s challenging for the government to come up with the financial wherewithal to sustain these projects,” he said.
The initiative’s goal is to provide direct grants to companies making solar energy equipment and equipment to encourage the creation of new jobs.
Under the program’s existing application period, companies with an investment of $500,000 or more in a solar energy project would be eligible for up to $50 million of government funding and $200,000 of private sector funding.
The $50 million goal would allow up to 40 new jobs to be created annually under this goal, up from 20, according to Mirembi.
Mirembi said about 30 private companies have applications online, up from 20, and the company that received the biggest grant of that amount will be the first to be selected to begin building solar plants. The total number of new private sector jobs expected to arise in the United States will top 1 million by 2026, according to Mirembi.