Over $1,700,000 awarded for transportation-related emission reductions
Raleigh, N.C. – The N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University has announced the results of its 2013 call for projects under the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project. This $6.2 million initiative is supported through federal funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT). The N.C. Solar Center anticipates conducting another request for proposal process in early 2014.
Over 30 technology project proposals, requesting over $3.75 million, were submitted to the N.C. Solar Center for consideration. With this announcement, over $1.725 million in federal funding is being awarded for eighteen projects to a variety of public and private organizations. The diverse range of awards include seven projects that involve electric vehicle charging stations, four compressed natural gas (CNG) and four propane (LPG) projects, two projects involving on-board vehicle idle reduction and telematics technology, one project with three biodiesel refueling infrastructure sites, and a clean diesel locomotive project. In all, over 275 vehicles will be outfitted with alternative fuel or advanced technology for fuel savings and reduced emissions, and 21 electric vehicle recharging stations will be installed along with six alternative fuel refueling stations including stations dispensing biodiesel, CNG, and LPG. Taken as a whole, the projects will remove nearly 60 metric tons of pollutants annually from the air in counties not meeting air quality standards.
This is the fourth round of DOT funding available through the CFAT project. From 2006-2012 nearly $2.2 million was distributed for 47 projects to a variety of entities. The CFAT project, funded by federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds, operates in counties that do not meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards. More than half of North Carolinians live in counties that have unhealthy air, and transportation related emissions are a primary contributor to the state’s air quality problem.
Funding assistance will be allocated in the form of a reimbursement, which can cover up to 80% of the project cost. “We are pleased that the eighteen awardees are collectively providing almost 60% of total project costs, thereby helping stretch federal dollars to provide more air quality benefits,” said Anne Tazewell, Transportation Program Manager at the N.C. Solar Center. The projects will reduce transportation-related emissions within 15 of the 24 eligible NC counties. For education and outreach regarding alternative fuel and fuel conservation technologies and policies, the N.C. Solar Center has partnered with Triangle J, Centralina, Upper Coastal Plain and Kerr-Tar Councils of Governments, and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council.
A full list of awardees can be found by clicking here.
About the N.C. Solar Center
The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCSolarCenter
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