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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu, who recently announced his resignation, is receiving kudos from the leaders of several industry organizations for his work on advancing renewable energy.

"SEIA applauds Secretary Chu for his outstanding leadership of the Department of Energy and for his work to foster the growth of clean energy technologies to power America," said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, in a statement.

Resch applauded Chu for the launch of the SunShot Initiative and the expansion of the loan guarantee program, among other efforts. "We thank Secretary Chu for his passion for solar innovation, his public service and his outstanding work to advance renewable energy across the United States," he added.

Similarly, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) praised the "superb work" Chu has performed at the DOE.

Chu oversaw the rapid expansion of renewable energy technology and deployment in the U.S., with nearly 85 GW of installed renewable capacity by 2013, ACORE noted.

"Secretary Chu led America forward toward a cleaner, more sustainable future powered by increasing amounts of renewable energy," said Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, president of ACORE, in a statement.

"If you look at the significant achievements during the secretary's tenure, you can't help but be impressed that he's done a remarkable job in moving us forward to a more secure and prosperous energy future," McGinn added.

Advanced Energy Economy, a national business association, also commended Chu for his work focusing the DOE on developing cost-competitive sustainable energy.

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