The Department of Energy today announced the award of more than $37 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to 17 projects supporting solid-state lighting core research, product development, and domestic manufacturing.

Solid-state lighting, which uses light-emitting diodes (“LEDs”) and organic light-emitting diodes (“OLEDs”) instead of incandescent bulbs, has the potential to be ten times more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent lighting.

Lighting needs account for almost one-quarter of the total electricity used in the United States today. Those needs could be reduced by as much as one-third by 2030 if cost-effective solid-state lighting is adopted on a national basis.

Link to the full story and the list of selected projects: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=287