Solar energy technologies -- to make electricity or provide heat directly from the energy of the sun -- are getting more affordable and more efficient, and some of them are danged good looking as well. As if that weren't enough, there are a number of government and private sources for solar energy grants. Free money for your solar projects.
Don't be fooled...grants are competitive and not easy to come by. But there are grants aplenty for solar projects in homes, schools, communities, farms and other places. You can fund photovoltaic projects (sunlight to electricity), energy storage, solar space heating, and solar water heating projects. You'll never know what's possible until you look. Check out the online grants resources at the Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, or DSIRE as it's known, along with Grants.gov and Foundation Center for funding oppotunities.
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