DENVER– The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) announced the second round of “New Energy Economic Development” (NEED) grants to 13 awardees, totaling $656,000 in funding. The NEED grants use Clean Energy Funds to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the state.
“These projects were selected for their ability to help Coloradans reduce their energy use andcarbon footprint. Also, they will help to stimulate additional economic and job development incommunities throughout the state and advance Colorado to a New Energy Economy,” said Tom Plant, GEO’s director.
The grants were awarded to organizations that advance energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, create quality jobs in the state, and are compatible with GEO’s programs andthe objectives for the Clean Energy Fund. The 13 award winners are:
Bardwell Consulting of Denver received $25,000.00 for its OptiMiser program, which is a PC-based program that creates and evaluates a full range of near-optimal solutions forenergy retrofits. It offers a flexible and efficient tool for the home energy analyst, minimizingrequired data entry and fully integrating renewable energy technologies. The NEED grant will be used to complete and launch the distributable version of OptiMiser. Contact: AndyBardwell, Andy@bardwellconsulting.com (303)934-3851.
Black Hawk Transportation Authority received $50,000.00 for a biodiesel processingfacility that will process used cooking oil from area restaurants into biodiesel, and blendthe produced fuel for B5-B20. The biodiesel will power the Black Hawk and Central City Tramway buses and municipal fleets. Contact: Thomas Isbester, firstname.lastname@example.org, (303)582-1324.
City and County of Denver received $60,000.00 to support the launch of Denver’s newgreen business program that will engage and educate businesses in energy efficiencyand sustainable practices while providing a framework for regional action. Contact: Denise Stepto, Denise.Stepto@denvergov.org, (720)865-9052.
Community Energy Systems of Crestone, received $24,170.00 for biomass thermalheating systems for the Homelake Veterans' Home. The project partners include theColorado Department of Human Services and Siemens Corporation. Contact: BrettKenCairn, Brettk@communityenergysystems.com, (970)846-7344.
Coolerado of Arvada, received $25,000 to build a solar powered, mobile, five-ton airconditioning system. Contact: Rick Gillan, Rickgillan@coolerado.com, (303)375-0878 x105.Czero, Inc. of Fort Collins, received $67,500.00. They will partner with the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory and the College of Business at Colorado State Universityto develop a low cost hydraulic hybrid retrofit kit. Contact: Guy Babbitt, guy.babbitt@Czero- solutions.com, (719)331-9662.
Denver Zoological Foundation received $100,000.00 to incorporate a biomass gasification system in Asian Tropics, its next major exhibit showcasing Asian elephants and other wildlifenative to Southeast Asia. Contact: Ana Bowie, Abowie@denverzoo.org, (303)376-04841.
Hybrids Plus received $85,000.00 for the commercialization and development of theInvergerTM Vehicle to Grid (V2G) inverter-charger. The InvergerTM is a bidirectionalsystem, allowing any Electric Vehicle (EV) or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) to transfer energy into and out of the electric utility grid, thus supplying electricity during peakdemand periods and expanding the use of renewable energy sources such as solar andwind. Contact: Ann Colcord, Colcord@hybrids-plus.com, (303)444-0569 x201
Mountain Parks Electric, Inc. of Granby, received $25,000.00 to integrate a biomass wood pellet heating system at mountain parks electric headquarters in Granby. Contact: JoePandy, JPandy@mpei.com, (970)887-3378.
The New Community Coalition of Telluride received $25,000.00. The funding will support a number of activities including a feasibility assessment for a micro hydro turbine, aphotovoltaic array installation at a school, and a report to identify the most economicallyattractive near-term renewable energy projects in San Miguel County. Contact: Kris Holstrom, email@example.com, (970)728-1340.
Powerhouse Enterprises, Inc., received $25,000.00 to bring its green modular housingexpertise to Rifle and begin building a new generation of homes that feature energyefficiency, renewable energy, environmentally preferable materials, superior air quality,and water conservation. Contact: Quincy Vale, firstname.lastname@example.org, (978)327-5990.
Sundyne Corporation of Arvada received $100,000.00 to complete the design details on afamily of turbogenerators that will convert the pressure drop of natural gas pressure within the existing gas pipeline distribution system into electricity. Contact: Thomas Maceyka, email@example.com, (303)940-2840.
Sunflower Corporation of Boulder received $24,960.00 to establish demonstration sitesexhibiting application of interior natural daylighting products in educational environments in Colorado. Contact: Jim Walsh, Jwalsh@esaorg.com, (303)478-1815.
NEED grants will be administered by GEO to target emerging technologies and attract NewEnergy Economy investment into Colorado. The first NEED round was $350,000 and this totals$1,006,600.00 in funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout thestate. In addition, GEO will soon announce the awardees of the $350,000 Solar Innovation Grants. For more information about the NEED Grants, visit www.colorado.gov/energy.
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