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North Carolina Awards $300,000 for Alternative Fuel Projects

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) announced the results of a 2015 call for projects through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The $6.2 million initiative, focused on reducing transportation-related emissions, is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT). The CFAT project operates in counties that do not meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards. With this announcement, more than $300,000 in federal funding is being awarded for eight projects to a variety of public and private entities that will provide over $250,000 in cost share.

The awards span CNG vehicle purchases and conversions, as well as the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and propane vehicle purchases and refueling equipment. In all, 45 alternative fuel vehicles will be supported with this round of funding. These projects will take place in several of the highest emissions-producing counties in the state, including Wake, Durham and Mecklenburg Counties. Funding assistance will be allocated in the form of a reimbursement, which can cover up to 80 percent of the project cost.

“We are thrilled to continue helping to support projects that promote clean transportation throughout North Carolina, as we hope our impact will further encourage others to focus on alternative fuels,” said Steve Kalland, executive director of NCCETC.

NCCETC recently announced the formation of a clean transportation coordinating committee that will facilitate collaboration among industry, academia, state government and advocacy organizations to further its mission in promoting clean fuels. Click here for a list of 2015 CFAT award winners.