[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Congressional appropriations awarded to New Mexico State University will benefit solar photovoltaic, and environmental studies. The University received more than $21 million for the 2005 fiscal year. Congressional appropriations, or earmarks, are separate from competitive grants and contracts awarded to university researchers or departments by government agencies. The Southwest Region Photovoltaic Experiment Station will receive $1.25 million of the appropriations to support the testing, evaluation and development of solar energy systems. WERC, which is a consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development that is led by NMSU, will receive $2.5 million for the continuation of education and outreach programs. The remainder of the appropriations will fund research projects ranging from development of a new automated import examination system to development of an ultra-long duration balloon for scientific research.