Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham has announced an award of US$1.5 million in grants to state and local partnerships to install one million solar roofs on buildings across the nation by 2010. These grants will be awarded to 30 entities in 19 states.Washington, D.C. – October 3, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “The President’s National Energy Plan calls for an increase in support for the development of Renewable Energy resources, such as solar energy,” Abraham said. “The Million Solar Roof Initiative will prove that investment in Renewable Energy and energy efficient technologies can reduce our dependence on foreign oil, conserve natural resources, and create markets for American products around the world.” The grants awarded to MSRI partnerships will promote the installation of solar energy systems in: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Vermont. These new MSRI partners boost the total number of partnerships to 67 and the number of pledges to build solar roofs to more than one million. The new partnerships will combine the DOE grants with private funds, allowing them to conduct a variety of activities ranging from working with local and regional home builders to construct solar roofs on new homes to working with local lending institutions to develop financing options. Other partnership activities include developing and setting up marketing and consumer education plans and working with local officials to develop standard building codes and practices for solar installations. Funds also will be used to develop training programs for inspectors and installers. The Million Solar Roofs Initiative was announced before the United Nations Session on Environment and Development in June 1997. Under the program, the Energy Department is establishing partnerships with business, government and community-based organizations at the local, regional and national levels to promote the development of solar energy.