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U.S. DOE to Spend More than $467 million
On Geothermal, Solar Projects

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U.S. DOE to Spend More than $467 million
On Geothermal, Solar Projects

Here's one of the latest industry news items you will find at

Both commercial and residential hydronics professionals stand to benefit from more than $467 million the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will spend to promote geothermal and solar energy projects.

The most likely direct benefit may come from the $50 million that DOE will offer to accelerate the deployment of geothermal or ground-source heat pumps (such as used in the Taco LoadMatch® case study, below). The money is a portion of the funds made available by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

The DOE will offer funding for:
  • cost-shared technology demonstration projects that provide a minimum of 50 tons of heating and cooling capacity
  • life-cycle cost tools that will help evaluate the feasibility of georthermal heat pumps
  • the creation of a national certification and accreditation program for the geothermal heat pump industry to build consumer confidence, enhance product performance and reduce the potential for improperly installed systems.

Read the DOE announcement.

DOE also will offer $350 million for geothermal energy resource assessments, innovative exploration techniques, demonstration projects, R&D and demonstrations of enhanced geothermal systems technology.

Some $117 million will be devoted to developing a broad range of solar technologies and overcoming non-technical barriers to the deployment of solar technologies, including the shortage of trained installers. Read President Obama's announcement.

See the Taco line of Solar Water Heating products.

Case Study: LoadMatch® Hydronic System Brings New Comfort to Old Victorian
The Williston Northampton School, a private college prep school in western Massachusetts, to create more living space for faculty and students recently bought and renovated an old Victorian home adjacent to campus, added a 24,000-sq.-ft.dorm wing and additional faculty apartments, all on a fast-track schedule to be ready for the new school year. For comfortable and cost-effective heating and cooling, they turned to a Taco LoadMatch® single pipe hydronic system linked to a ground-source-heat-pump system tapping into fifteen underground wells at a depth of 350 ft. Read the complete case study.

Remember, you will find the latest news on solar and geothermal energy, the HVAC industry and the economy any time you want it at You'll also find a wide variety of product and technical support materials and personnel. I hope to see you there soon.

Thanks for your interest.

Tim Smith