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March 26, 2015
Financing the Growing American Auto Industry

The Department announced a conditional commitment for a $259 million Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan to aluminum manufacturer Alcoa, Inc. that would support the company’s Alcoa, Tennessee, manufacturing facility, where the company will produce high-strength aluminum sheet for North American automakers looking to lightweight their vehicles.

February 9, 2015
In 2011, LPO issued loan guarantees to the first 5 PV projects larger than 100 MW in the U.S. An additional 17 projects have been financed since without loan guarantees.
Desert Sunlight is Shining Example of How DOE Loan Guarantees Helped Launch Utility-scale PV Solar Market

LPO helped finance the first five utility-scale PV projects larger than 100 MW in the U.S. With Desert Sunlight now fully operational, all five projects are online, generating clean electricity and repaying loans. The initial investments made by LPO helped build a market that subsequently financed an additional 17 projects larger than 100 MW without help from the Department.

December 10, 2014
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Building an All-of-the-Above Portfolio with Loan Guarantees for Advanced Nuclear Projects

This morning, the Department announced that it is making $12.5 billion in loan guarantees available for Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects. My colleagues in the Loan Programs Office (LPO) and I are following up on this announcement by discussing the role loan guarantees can play in helping to build a strong U.S. nuclear power industry for the future before a gathering of industry professionals at the Nuclear Power International conference.

November 20, 2014
Keeping America Informed About Open Loan Guarantee Solicitations

The Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) is going on the road.  From Seattle to St. Louis, New York to Nashville, and points in between, members of the LPO team are traveling to as many cities in the U.S. as they can.  

The team is following my lead to talk with state and local government agencies, colleges and universities, trade associations, and energy leaders across the country.

November 12, 2014
Graphic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Energy Department’s Loan Portfolio Continues Strong Performance While Deploying Innovation

The Energy Department's Loan Programs Office is succeeding in its mission to help finance the first commercial deployments of innovative technologies in the United States.

October 17, 2014
Secretary Moniz (center) tours the Abengoa Biorefinery in Hugoton, Kansas.| Photo Courtesy of Abengoa.
The Journey to Commercializing Cellulosic Biofuels in the United States

In Hugoton, Kansas, a state-of-the-art biorefinery has begun producing 25 million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol.

September 29, 2014
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Fostering the Next Generation of Nuclear Energy Technology

The Energy Department's Loan Programs Office announced a $12.6 billion loan guarantee solicitation for advanced nuclear energy projects.

August 21, 2014
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Helping to Finance the Future of Clean Coal

Coal remains an important part of the nation’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and advanced fossil energy technologies will play a large role. The Department is working with the industry to support those innovative technologies from the lab to commercial scale.

August 8, 2014
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Loan Guarantee Recipient Awarded Power Plant of the Year

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, a DOE loan guarantee recipient, won 2014 Plant of the Year from POWER Magazine.

July 24, 2014
In September 2011, the Department of Energy issued a $1.2 billion loan guarantee to support the construction of California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR), a 250 MWac photovoltaic (PV) solar generating facility in rural San Luis Obispo County, California. The project reached commercial operation in October 2013.
Loan Guarantees Can Play a Role in Rural Opportunity Investment

When he announced the creation of the White House Rural Council, President Obama said, “Strong rural communities are key to a stronger America.” Strengthening America’s energy generation and transmission will play an important role in this opportunity for rural communities.

July 9, 2014
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Updates to the Section 1703 Loan Guarantee Program
The Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) is announcing two administrative updates to its Section 1703 loan guarantee program. This program was authorized by Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and issues loan guarantees to eligible innovative energy projects. 
July 3, 2014
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New Solicitation Supports U.S. Innovation with Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Today, the Department’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) is kicking off a long weekend of celebrating American independence by announcing a major investment in American energy. The $4 billion Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee solicitation  is intended to support the first commercial-scale deployments of the next wave of innovative clean energy technologies.

July 1, 2014
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For Cape Wind, Summer Breeze Makes Offshore Wind Feel Fine

The Department of Energy announced that it has issued a conditional commitment for a $150 million loan guarantee to the Cape Wind Project, which would be the first offshore wind energy project in the U.S. if constructed off Nantucket Sound. It could supply approximately 75 percent of the electricity needs of Cape Cod and the Islands.

June 25, 2014
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One Year into President’s Climate Action Plan, Finance Playing an Important Role

One year ago today, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan, which called on the United States to be a leader in deploying clean energy.

June 5, 2014
The <a href="/node/801451">Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System</a> in Ivanpah Dry Lake, California. | Photo by Gilles Mingasson, Getty Images for Bechtel.
The Year of Concentrating Solar Power: Five New Plants to Power America with Clean Energy

Learn about a new report that explains why 2014 is the year for concentrating solar power in the U.S.

May 30, 2014
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Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Taking Off in the U.S.

Recent milestones by Nissan and Tesla highlight the growing demand for advanced technology vehicles and with nearly $16 billion in remaining loan authority, the ATVM Loan Program can play an important role in meeting that demand and the President’s average fuel efficiency goal.

May 7, 2014
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ATVM Loans Help Boost Pickup Truck Efficiency

America’s love of the pickup truck is what makes us so excited by this week’s announcement that Ford has sold its 500,000th 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost®-equipped F-150 truck. The EcoBoost achievement is the latest success story for the Department’s Loan Programs Office (LPO).

April 29, 2014
Agua Caliente, located in Yuma County, Arizona, is now the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the world. | Photo courtesy of NRG Energy.
Agua Caliente, World's Largest Solar Photovoltaic Plant, Helps Advance America's Solar Leadership

Announcing the launch of Agua Caliente, a utility-scale solar plant that will generate enough clean electricity to power thousands of homes.

February 20, 2014
Construction work inside the Vogtle 3 and 4 module assembly building. | Photo courtesy of Georgia Power Company.
At Vogtle, Big Results with Nuclear Power

Supporting the construction of the first new nuclear power plant to be built in the U.S. in nearly thirty years.

February 14, 2014
Located in the Mojave Desert, 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is the largest solar thermal energy facility in the world, with 392 MW of capacity – meaning it can produce enough renewable electricity to power nearly 100,000 homes. It uses 173,500 heliostat mirrors spread over approximately 3,500 acres, focusing solar energy on boilers located atop three solar power towers, generating steam to turn a conventional steam turbine. The facility is owned by NRG Solar, Google and BrightSource Energy. The Energy Department provided a $1.6 billion loan guarantee to the project.
Pictured here is an aerial perspective of the nearly completed Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, taken in April 2013. | Photo courtesy of Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images for Bechtel.
Photo of the Week: Ivanpah Solar

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February 13, 2014
Celebrating the Completion of the World's Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant

Traveling west for the dedication of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

December 12, 2013
The National Energy Technology Laboratory's <a href="">chemical looping reactor</a>. This promising approach to capturing carbon dioxide will be among the technologies explored as part of the the Loan Program Office's advanced fossil energy solicitation. | Photo courtesy of the National Energy Technology Laboratory.
Launching the Next Wave of Clean Fossil Energy Innovation

Advancing fossil energy projects across the United States, with support from a new $8 billion loan guarantee.

October 31, 2013
The California Valley Solar Ranch produces clean, renewable electricity at the scale of traditional power plants. | Photo courtesy of SunPower.
Solar Goes Big: Launching the California Valley Solar Ranch

The clean energy revolution continues to build momentum as one of the world's largest solar photovoltaic power plants opens for business.

September 17, 2013
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An Update on Fisker Automotive and the Energy Department’s Loan Portfolio

The continued success of America’s auto industry depends on innovation and next-generation technologies that consumers all over the world increasingly demand -- and the Energy Department is playing an important role in this global competition.

June 22, 2012
Installing a concentrating solar power system in Gila Bend, Arizona. The curved  mirrors are tilted toward the sun, focusing sunlight on tubes that run the length of the mirrors. The reflected sunlight heats a fluid flowing through the tubes. The hot fluid then is used to boil water in a conventional steam-turbine generator to produce electricity. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder.
Top 6 Things You Didn't Know About Solar Energy

Counting down our list of top things you didn't know about solar energy -- read on for more on the most abundant energy resource known to mankind.