November 11, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] In Washington, D.C., the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported the conference deal on Energy & Water Development Appropriations is scheduled for a House vote Thursday, November 13. House Report 108-357 is now available. The conference agreement includes US$85 million for solar energy programs, which includes $5.5 million for concentrating solar power. The conference agreement also includes $250,000 for the solar energy project in Yucca Valley, California; $400,000 for the Center for Ecological Technology; and $500,000 for the Hackensack University Green Building Medical Center. The language states that DOE should continue funding for the Southeast and Southwest photovoltaic experiment stations and the Million Solar Roofs program at current year levels. With respect to Zero Energy Buildings, the conference agreement does not provide any separate funds, although DOE is directed to spend up to $4M of available funds within Solar Energy for Zero Energy Building activities related to solar energy.