The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Chesonis Family Foundation said today that they are launching a "solar revolution" project with the ultimate aim of making solar energy America's primary carbon-free fuel.
The Solar Revolution Project, funded by a $10 million gift from the Chesonis Family Foundation, aims to transform solar power from a "'boutique' option to an affordable, dependable, mainstream energy solution," MIT said.
The project will complement and interact with other large solar projects at MIT, creating one of the largest solar energy clusters at any research university, MIT said.
The Chesonis Family Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation whose benefactor is Arunas Chesonis, an MIT graduate and chairman and chief executive of PAETEC Holding Corp., a New York company that provides communications services and solutions.
The study will follow authoritative works by the MIT Energy Initiative on coal and nuclear energy.
Earlier this month, MIT and the German-based Fraunhofer Institute joined forces for a new center in Kendall Square dedicated to solar and alternative energy.
(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff)
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