WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) through the Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office has awarded $4.5 million to the University of Toledo to provide power at any time and in any season by developing high-efficiency solar panels and investigate techniques for depositing a thin layer of film on panels that can be scaled up for high-speed manufacturing.

“New energy technologies keep the U.S. competitive and help reduce energy cost for consumers,” Brown said. “I’m proud that Ohio is at the forefront of clean energy manufacturing which will create jobs and help fight climate change.”

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy works to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. It strives for a strong and prosperous America powered by clean, affordable, and secure energy. The Solar Technology Office supports early-stage research and development in technology areas of photovoltaics, concentrating solar-thermal power, and systems integration with the goal of improving the affordability, reliability, and performance of solar technologies on the grid.