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RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Beverly Perdue says 18 small North Carolina companies will receive federal stimulus grants to spur development in green technology.
Perdue announced Wednesday that each company will receive grants up to $100,000 to develop and market green and alternative energy technologies.
The Office of the Governor estimates that more than 200 jobs will be created by the grants, covering 18 counties.
Half of the grant projects focused on environmentally conscious technology and renewable energy. The other half targeted green building and biofuels development.
The companies receiving the grants, the amounts and their projects are:
Algaen Corporation, Clemmons — $52,808
Concurrent production of biodiesel and treatment of animal wastewater using oil-rich microalgae
Using animal wastewater to provide nutrients to cultivate algae for biodiesel production. In the process, the wastewater will be purified by the algae.
Alganomics, LLC, Southport — $59,500
Algae to bioproducts commercialization
Commercializing potential byproducts of biofuel production, including fertilizer, animal feed, and cellulose for ethanol productions, medical-grade agar, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals.
American Carolina Lighting, Penrose — $50,000
Energy-efficient electronic ballasts and commercial/industrial lighting fixtures
Commercializing a patented electronic ballast for industrial high-intensity lighting that has been demonstrated to save 30 percent to 65 percent more energy than current ballasts.
Biomass Marketing Associates, LLC, Hobgood — $100,000
Development of additional renewable energy component for gasification units
Developing a system to capture heat produced from gasification of biological waste, and using that energy to heat water.
Builders of Hope, Chapel Hill — $95,000
State Street Village
Developing a green, affordable community of homes for low-income families in downtown Raleigh. At-risk youth will be trained and employed to work on this project.
Cape Fear Green Building Alliance, Wilmington — $79,368
Building Performance Workshop Series: Hands-on approach to professional training
Training local builders in green building techniques to improve energy efficiency in homes of economically disadvantaged individuals in partnership with Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM).
Carolina Solar Farms, Raleigh — $50,000
Large-scale localized power generation development in North Carolina
Constructing multiple large-scale solar farm sites in rural communities in the South East and North East regions of North Carolina.
EcoMaintenance LLC, Elizabeth City — $75,000
Ecomaintenance: cleans green and trains green
Providing energy efficiency consultations and green cleaning services for homeowners. Ex-offenders will be hired.
FLS Energy, Inc., Asheville — $95,000
Easy solar kit
Commercializing a do-it-yourself solar hot water kit that saves energy and money for average homeowners.
Haywood Landfill Gas LLC, Matthews — $100,000
Convert landfill gas to energy
Developing a green energy facility in Haywood County that will convert landfill gas to energy.
High Country Green Box LLC, Boone — $97,989
A green solution for the affordable housing crisis in North Carolina
Repurposing “Standard International Shipping Units” that are currently being discarded, into energy-efficient modular housing units.
Highland Craftsmen Inc., Spruce Pine — $31,985
Job training course creates environmentally preferable building product supply chain
Encouraging the use of bark shingles from local, sustainably managed forests to be used as green building material.
Holloman Investing LLC, Wilmington — $60,000
Mag lift turbines
Commercializing vertical axis wind turbines. Will install turbines, with partners, on commercial facilities in Bladen County.
North Carolina’s Northeast Economic Development Foundation Inc., Edenton — $100,000
Green building technology at a pilot-scale botanical extraction facility for the development of biotech crops and biofuels
Building a LEED-certified business incubator facility for plant biotechnology businesses in Northeastern North Carolina.
PureLux Inc., Winston Salem — $100,000
PureLux lighting fixture validation and commercialization
Commercializing an energy-efficient lighting system and fixtures for commercial and residential structures.
SBM Solar, Inc., Concord — $100,000
Production line expansion
Producing a non-glass integrated solar roofing module that permits energy self-sufficiency for commercial and residential buildings.
SunQest, Inc., Newton — $50,718
Solar thermal enhancement and in-state manufacturing
Commercializing a solar thermal system to heat residential, building, pool and other medium-temperature applications.
WindLift, LLC, Durham — $82,100
Alpha 3 field system building and testing
Commercializing a kite engine system that generates and delivers energy from wind power.