Mobile CARE Awards Recognize Transportation Emission Reduction Efforts in North Carolina


Raleigh, N.C. – The seventh annual North Carolina Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) awards were announced this week as part of the North Carolina Solar Center’s 25th Anniversary Celebration held at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center in Raleigh, NC. The Mobile CARE awards recognize transportation emission reduction efforts that are advancing alternative fuel and transportation technology activities in North Carolina.

The Mobile CARE awards are part of a $6.2 million, three-year Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project lead by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University with federal funding provided by the N.C. Department of Transportation. The project focuses on three activities: education and outreach, emission reducing sub-awards and recognition of exemplary efforts. A panel of judges representing the N.C. Department of Transportation, State Energy Office and The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Division of Air Quality reviewed two dozen nominations to select the five 2013 award winners.

Candidates were sought in four main categories: Individual, Fleet, Technology or Fuel Provider and Policy or Organization. This year the judges selected two individuals Rich Cregar and Bill Eaker for their considerable commitment to and experience with alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technology education and outreach. Frito-Lay is a company that is exemplifying the success of implementing compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles into a large private fleet. Crucial to Frito-Lay’s national plan to implement CNG vehicles in their distribution fleet has been their Charlotte distribution center under the direction of Ronnie Kidd. This center currently operates 10 Freightliner CNG trucks with plans on doubling this by the end of the year. Mecklenburg County’s AeroGRADE project focuses on the reduction of emissions through repower and replacement of diesel engines on ground support equipment at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. AeroGRADE has worked with U.S. Airways, Inc. and Piedmont Airways, Inc. to fund the upgrades and replacements for 66 ground support equipment projects, include zero emission electric equipment. Mainor Legacy Ventures was awarded in the technology/fuel provider category for bringing cleaner burning renewable based fueling opportunities to rural North Carolina. In 2011, Mainor opened Magnolia Marketplace, a full service fueling station and restaurant located off I-40 in Duplin County.  This is the only fueling station in this area to sell E85.

Learn more about the NC Mobile CARE awards visit:



Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340,

Anne Tazewell, N.C. Solar Center, 919-513-7831,


About the North Carolina Solar Center


Created in 1988, the North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU), works closely with state and local government and the renewable energy industry. It manages and maintains the NCSU Solar House and serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through research and demonstration, technical assistance, education, outreach and training. It also administers the Database of Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), a resource providing financial incentives and policies. For more information please visit: