Funding available for projects reducing transportation-related emissions in NC

 

Second call includes over $1,000,000 available to award

 

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Solar Center at N.C. State University has announced a second request for proposals for over $1,000,000 to award to governments, business, and/or non-profit applicants for transportation technology related emission reduction projects. The Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project is a three year, $6.2 million initiative of the N.C. Solar Center (NCSC) funded with federal support from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT). In addition to providing assistance for emission reduction projects, the CFAT project focuses on activities that include a public education media campaign and the development of clean transportation technology and policy training opportunities.
 

Technology project proposals for this call for projects must be submitted to the N.C. Solar Center by March 18, 2014.

 
The CFAT project, funded by federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds, operates in 24 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. In 2013, an initial request for proposal process distributed over $1.7 million  to 18 public and private entities for a variety of projects including natural gas powered trucks and refueling infrastructure, propane refueling equipment and vehicle conversions, electric vehicle charging stations, on-board telematics equipment and biodiesel refueling equipment. Project managers anticipate an equally wide range of applications through this request, including alternative fuel and hybrid electric vehicles, vehicle conversions for operation on cleaner-burning propane or natural gas, alternative fuel refueling and electric vehicle recharging infrastructure, on-board idle reduction and telematics technology for fuel savings and emission reduction, and emission control retrofits for school buses and other heavy duty diesel vehicles. For this round of funding, the N.C. Solar Center has been granted a waiver on federal Buy America requirements allowing funding for vehicle purchases, so long as the vehicles are final-assembled within the United States.

Funding assistance is allocated in the form of a reimbursement, which can cover up to 80 percent of the project cost. In order to be eligible, a project must reduce transportation-related emissions within eligible N.C. counties, with the exception of electric vehicle recharging infrastructure which, in accordance with new federal guidelines, can be located anywhere within the state. 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.

 

Guidelines and applications available by clicking on Incentives & Funding at: www.cleantransportation.org

 

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 about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

 

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