In an official press release from the NC Department of Commerce, NC State Energy Office has approved $1.8 million worth of grants for energy upgrades. These grants have been awarded to seven businesses and non-profit agencies to make energy-efficiency upgrades that will trim energy use, cut utility bills and provide 80 jobs around the state. The grants are funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The SEO received over 89 proposals from around the state, and were looking to select project that were cost effective and could be implemented quickly. The recipients of the initial seven grants are: Forsyth Medical Center Foundation, Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, MasterBrand Cabinets Inc, Performance Fibers Inc, Red City, SG Atkins Development Corporation, and YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.
In addition to these seven grants, the Energy Office expects to announce additional recipients as state and federal reviews are completed.