For Immediate Release


Contact: Adrienne Henzmann
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: (321) 638-1004
FAX: (321) 638-1010
U.S. Department of Energy Awards Florida Solar Energy Center at UCF $2 Million for 'Green' Regional Project
The U.S. Department of Energy recently named the Florida Solar Energy Center at the
University of Central Florida as one of only two sites nationwide that will share a
multi-million dollar grant to accelerate the adoption of new and developing
energy-efficient technologies.

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) received $2 million from the Department of
Energy (DOE) grant to be home to a regional building technology application center.
The center, to be located at FSEC¿s facility in Cocoa, will serve 12 states and
produce projects that will substantially increase the deployment of high-performance
"beyond-code" buildings across the Southeast.

Washington State University is the site of the other center.

"Rising energy costs and climate change initiatives have led to increasing concern
on the appropriate steps to take to reduce energy use," said Rob Vieira, director of
Buildings Research at the Florida Solar Energy Center. "Through this exciting
project we hope to provide information to help those seeking to lower their energy
bills and protect our environment and natural resources."
The project will work to build upon the goals and policies in place with other
states, utilities and energy-efficiency partnership-based programs to promote DOE
Building Technology Program goals for advanced energy-efficient building codes,
standards and zero-energy buildings. 

"Promoting the early commercialization of solar and other energy efficient
technologies will help secure America's clean energy future," said Energy Secretary
Samuel W. Bodman.

Regional partnerships will be key to the success of the project. The Southern Energy
Efficiency Center, the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs, Texas A&M
University and the Southface Institute in Atlanta will work in partnership with the
Florida Solar Energy Center to ensure project goals and deadlines are met.

The project kickoff meeting was held Nov. 14 in Morgantown, W. Va. At the meeting,
project managers and partners presented overall objectives, implementation schedules
and the general approach to project initiatives.

The Florida Solar Energy Center is a research institute of the University of Central
Florida. It is the largest and most active state-supported energy research institute
in the country. Center divisions and their research activities include Advanced
Energy Research: alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel and fuel cells;
Buildings Research: energy-efficient buildings; and Solar Energy: solar water and
pool heating and solar electric (photovoltaics) and distributed generation systems.
For more information, visit or call
the FSEC Public Affairs Office at 321-638-1015.

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