Peterborough, NH [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The Solar America Initiative (SAI) is a broad national program designed to encourage competition throughout the solar industry by lowering the cost of photovoltaic units and fostering innovation of new technologies. In June, President Bush announced an increase in funding for the SAI, raising the yearly budget from $80 million to $148 million. The Department of Energy (DOE) says that an emphasis on funding industry partnerships to promote market-ready PV and the elimination of manufacturing and production R&D barriers will accelerate the solar industry. In this week’s edition of “Inside Renewable Energy,” DOE Program Manager Steven Chalk and SAI Program Manager Craig Cornelius will be talking about how the funds will be allocated and where the program will go in the future.Also on the podcast: California State Senator Kevin Murray gives us an update on SB1, the long awaited $3.35 billion solar bill that finally passed the California Assembly in June. It’s been over two years since the legislation was introduced, but Senator Murray is confident that the bill will make it to the Governor’s desk by the end of the summer. Listen in to find out what the passage of SB1 will mean for the solar industry in California and the rest of the country.