Solar Decathlon 2011
There has never been a more important time to further develop viable, renewable, clean energy sources, and there is no better way to achieve that goal than by challenging great minds from universities all over the world.
That's why Dow Corning's sustaining sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 comes with the promise that we will always be an active, involved collaborator with students, researchers, manufacturers, and governments. We are committed to driving innovation in the solar industry as solar becomes economically competitive with conventional energy sources and a sustainable energy option globally.
The nearly $5 billion of investments we've made to research and develop as well as expand production of materials critical to the solar industry demonstrates our intent to help provide future generations with ample renewable power. The United States can be a leader in this technology, offering the U.S. and other regions a locally sourced and environmentally sound source of energy.
Our investments and commitment to innovating solar technology have allowed us to engage with Capitol Hill and the administration on many of the manufacturing, legislative, regulatory, and workforce-related issues that influence America's ability to develop a thriving, domestic industry to boost American exports.
We are proud of the Solar Decathlon participants' innovation, creativity, and enthusiasm. Their hard work is a testament to the endless possibilities attainable through math and science education. As part of our participation in Solar Decathlon 2011, we're committed to developing educational resources that will help strengthen middle school students' performance in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. We hope these efforts will help fuel the next generation of scientific discovery.
All of us at Dow Corning feel privileged to contribute to a more sustainable future.