On May 27, 2009, President Obama announced over $467 million from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to expand and accelerate the development, deployment, and use of geothermal and solar energy throughout the United States. The bulk of this funding, $350 million, is being directed to various sectors of the geothermal industry, a significant increase from previous commitments to geothermal energy development. The funding will support demonstration projects incorporating cutting-edge technologies ($140 million); research of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Technology ($80 million); innovative exploration techniques ($100 million); and the development of the National Geothermal Data System ($30 million). The $117.6 million remaining will be dedicated to the solar energy industry and its development of photovoltaic technology, research and solar energy deployment. The funding announcement represents a substantial down payment that will help the geothermal and solar industries overcome technical barriers, demonstrate new technologies and provide support for clean energy jobs for years to come.