[Friday, June 18, 2010]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) today announced that more than $2 million in energy efficiency grants will be invested in projects in Morrisville and Charlotte.
“These grants help support North Carolina’s transition to a 21st-century, clean energy economy,” said Hagan. “Investing in energy efficient products and workforce education means more clean job opportunities and lower electricity bills during these difficult economic times. And with our dedicated workforce and advanced research and development sectors, North Carolina is well positioned to lead the way toward a renewable energy future.”
Porticos, Inc. of Morrisville, NC will receive a $1.7 million Stimulus grant to develop a Next-Generation Clothes Dryer that will consume about half as much energy per cycle as a conventional dryer and dry clothes in significantly less time. The proposed technology will consume less than 50 percent of the energy of a conventional dryer and induce virtually no HVAC energy burden on home heating and air-conditioning systems.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte will receive a $589,843 Stimulus grant to develop accredited certificate level training programs for commercial building operators. When fully implemented, the project will increase the pool of qualified professionals skilled in energy efficient building technologies and best practices. The training program will utilize existing, modified, and newly developed curricula from the Department of Engineering Technology (ET) at UNC-Charlotte.
“This project is being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and brings a wealth of University talent to bear on the development of new skills for new jobs,” said Dr. Stephen Mosier, Vice Chancellor for Research and Federal Relations at UNC Charlotte. “It also moves us forward on ‘greener’ energy and a reduction of our dependence on fossil fuels. The University is proud to be a partner with industry in this effort.”
“The project will not only increase the pool of qualified professionals in energy efficient construction, but will ultimately help achieve the national goal of net-zero energy buildings by 2025,” said Dr. Anthony Brizendine, Professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at UNC Charlotte, and the project director for the Net-Zero Energy Building Operator Training Program (NZEBOT). “We expect to increase the workforce pool with expertise in energy management and conservation techniques, and create new “green” job opportunities in North Carolina and the Southeast.”