(a)Photovoltaic Energy Commercialization Program.—
The Administrator of General Services may establish a photovoltaic energy commercialization program for the procurement and installation of photovoltaic solar electric systems for electric production in new and existing public buildings.
(2)Purposes.—The purposes of the program shall be to accomplish the following:
To accelerate the growth of a commercially viable photovoltaic industry to make this energy system available to the general public as an option which can reduce the national consumption of fossil fuel.
To reduce the fossil fuel consumption and costs of the Federal Government.
To attain the goal of installing solar energy systems in 20,000 Federal buildings by 2010, as contained in the Federal Government’s Million Solar Roof Initiative of 1997.
To stimulate the general use within the Federal Government of life-cycle costing and innovative procurement methods.
(3)Acquisition of photovoltaic solar electric systems.—
The program shall provide for the acquisition of photovoltaic solar electric systems and associated storage capability for use in public buildings.
(4)Administration.—The Administrator shall administer the program and shall—
issue such rules and regulations as may be appropriate to monitor and assess the performance and operation of photovoltaic solar electric systems installed pursuant to this subsection;
(b)Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Program.—
Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall establish a photovoltaic solar energy systems evaluation program to evaluate such photovoltaic solar energy systems as are required in public buildings.
(c)Authorization of Appropriations.—
(1)Photovoltaic energy commercialization program.—
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out subsection (a) $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2006 through 2010. Such sums shall remain available until expended.