Perdue Announces Investments in Green Economy
Gov. Bev Perdue on Wednesday announced that 18 small North Carolina companies will receive grants up to $100,000 to develop and market promising green and alternative energy technologies and products. It is the third round of grants distributed by the state Department of Commerce’s Green Business Fund and puts more than $1 million in federal Recovery Act dollars to work in North Carolina.
“North Carolina continues to position itself as a leader in the emerging green economy with these kinds of smart investments in promising technologies and products,” said Gov. Perdue. “These creative entrepreneurs and businesses are turning green into gold by growing new companies and creating jobs.”
It is estimated that more than 200 private sector jobs will be created as a result of the grants, spread across 18 cities and spanning 18 counties in North Carolina. The federal Recovery dollars come through the N.C. Energy Office’s State Energy Program.
About half the projects fell under the “environmentally conscious clean technology and renewable energy” category while the remainder fell under the green building and biofuels categories. The awards ranged in amounts from – $31,985 to $100,000.
For a complete list of grantees, click here.