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N.C. Solar Center receives $6.2 Million grant for air quality solutions in North Carolina

Posted on: May 21st, 2013 by shannon No Comments


Energy Award Supports North Carolina Alternative Fuel Efforts

RALEIGH, N.C.– The North Carolina Department of Transportation is supporting efforts led by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University to reduce transportation related emissions with a three-year $6,200,000 award for the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The CFAT 2013-15 project is the third phase of an initiative that began in 2006 and was previously administered with $3,000,000 in state and federal funding.

The CFAT project focuses on improving air quality in the 24 North Carolina counties that are in non-attainment or maintenance status for national air quality standards. The project centers around three primary activities: education and outreach, emission reduction sub-awards and recognition of exemplary efforts among fleets and organizations that implement clean transportation-related policies and practices. Phase three of the project will include the following new components:

  • A public education campaign, using billboards and other related media such as radio, television and social media;
  • The establishment of a technical advisory committee to develop clean transportation training activities;
  • The creation of a state-wide green fleet program to enhance opportunities for continuing expansion of clean transportation policies and practices.


The grant awarded to the N.C. Solar Center is funded with federal dollars through the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program that is administered annually by NCDOT.  CMAQ funds support projects that improve air quality by reducing transportation-related emissions. The most recent federal transportation funding bill, MAP-21, places new emphasis on the use of CMAQ funds for electric and natural gas  infrastructure  along with diesel engine retrofits and other efforts that reduce fine particle pollution.

The majority of federal CMAQ funding supporting the CFAT project is budgeted for sub-award projects that will be allocated through an annual call for project process. Over $4,000,000 is budgeted for eligible CMAQ technologies, such as vehicle and refueling/recharging equipment for biodiesel and E85 (a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline), electric vehicles, natural gas and propane in public and private sector fleets. Diesel retrofits and idle reduction technologies are also eligible for funding support of up to 80% of project costs

The CFAT project intends to continue successful partnerships with Centralina and Triangle J Council of Governments (COGs) through the Centralina Clean Fuels and Triangle Clean Cities coalitions, as well as expand education and outreach efforts to the Piedmont Triad Regional Council and Upper Coastal Plain and Ker-Tarr COGs. “NCDOT’s funding will significantly expand education, outreach and deployment of alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technology to help reduce transportation-related emissions in effected counties ”, said Anne Tazewell, clean transportation manager at the N.C. Solar Center.


About the North Carolina 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 visit:  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter


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

Dr. Alex Hobbs, Assoc. Director at the N.C. Solar Center, receives NCSEA 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on: November 10th, 2011 by shannon

Dr. Alex Hobbs received the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award at the NCSEA Annual Conference on November 9, 2011. This award is given to an individual demonstrating exemplary leadership in the advancement of sustainable energy in North Carolina.  Dr. Hobbs has made a considerable impact in the fields of renewable technologies and energy efficiency during his career.

Dr. Hobbs is currently the Associate Director for Renewable Technologies at the Solar Center, an outreach component of NC State University’s College of Engineering. He has more than 40 years of engineering experience in the areas of electric power generation and delivery, water and wastewater treatment, as well as production agriculture and food processing. He has worked as a design/startup engineer and as project manager on conventional fossil fuel based power generation projects. As an in-house technology consultant and researcher for a major southeastern utility, Dr. Hobbs led applied research and development programs to evaluate advanced power production techniques, development and combustion of biomass based renewable fuel resources, new environmental assessment and remediation technologies and innovative load management equipment and strategies. Concurrent with the electric utility work, Dr. Hobbs has maintained a consulting engineering practice in the Raleigh area for the past 30 years. These activities have included animal waste treatment, post harvest crop handling system design, and evaluation of both large and small combined heat and power applications. Concurrent with the electric utility work, Dr. Hobbs has maintained a consulting engineering practice in the Raleigh area for the past 30 years. These activities have included animal waste treatment, post harvest crop handling system design, and evaluation of both large and small combined heat and power applications.

Dr. Alex Hobbs receives NCSEA 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Alex Hobbs receives NCSEA 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award (alongside Ivan Urlaub, NCSEA Executive Director and Maria Kingery, Southern Energy Management)

The N.C. Solar Center awarded Green Education Program of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 by shannon No Comments

The Triangle Business Journal recognized the N.C. Solar Center’s Clean Transportation program Thursday, October 27th for their Drive Green Save Green workshops that introduce North Carolina fleet managers and the general public to the technology and practices that can make a difference to every driver’s bottom line.

Bryan Hamilton, publisher of the Triangle Business Journal, presented the award to Aranzazu Lascurain, clean transportation specialist at the N.C. Solar Center, during the 2011 Green Awards luncheon at the Embassy Suites in Cary.

The Drive Green Save Green workshops emphasize that driving for fuel economy is the single fastest way to save money on fuel and reduce harmful emissions. This education and outreach program is geared toward simple, low-cost solutions that maximize fuel economy while at the same time reducing emissions. Swedish Truck manufacturer, Scania’s president and CEO Leif Ostling states, “Driver training is the single, fastest way to reduce the carbon footprint of our trucks. We know that the difference between skilled and less skilled drivers can be up to 20 percent fuel consumption.1

The goals of the program are to convince people that eco-driving results in better fuel economy, which then translates to saving money, and also building awareness and behavior change to daily driving patterns.

The 2011 Drive Green, Save Green workshops consisted of three, free, half-day workshops focusing on driving for fuel economy, or “eco-driving” that targeted fleet managers, but were also open to anyone interested in maximizing fuel economy (including the general public). The workshops included both classroom and on-road experience with eco-driving practices and the mechanics of fuel economy.

The initial roll-out of workshops were held in Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte between the months of April and May 2011.