Florida Awards $15 Million in Grants for Renewable Energy Technologies

March 05, 2007

On February 22, Florida's Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp, Commissioner of Agriculture Charles H. Bronson, and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael W. Sole announced the recipients of $15 million in grants that will encourage investment in renewable technologies and bioenergy projects in the state.

"The grant program creates a receptive, inspiring environment for research," Kottkamp said in a press release. "Investments in cutting-edge ventures ensure a stronger economy and a cleaner environment for the next generation of Floridians."

The funds came from the Renewable Energy Technologies Grant Program, which makes money available for projects that enable energy diversity, pollution reduction, and economic growth in Florida. The program was created as part of the 2006 Florida Energy Act. The grants were awarded to eight organizations, with $5 million going to support bioenergy projects and $10 million to projects that generate or utilize other renewable energy resources, including hydrogen, biomass, and solar energy. The eight projects were selected from 183 proposals, which were evaluated based on a number of criteria, including cost share percentage, economic development potential, energy efficiency, and how the project would foster public awareness of renewable energy technologies. The recipients were:

  • Citrus Energy LLC: $2.5 million awarded for the project Fuel Ethanol Production from Citrus Waste Biomass
  • Alico Inc.: $2.5 million awarded for the project Commercial Ethanol Production from Biomass
  • Losonoco Inc.: $2.5 million awarded for the project Losonoco Mulberry Ethanol
  • University of Florida: $2.4 million awarded for the project Renewable Energy Fuels in a Micro-Grid Power Module
  • Florida Solar Energy Research and Education Foundation: $1.9 million awarded for the project Getting Down to Business: Transforming Florida's Solar Marketplace
  • Kore Consulting Group: $1.8 million awarded for the project Sky Renewable Energy with Optimal Supply-and-Demand-Side Integration Demonstration
  • Florida International University: $990,532 awarded for the project Assessment and Development of Pretreatment for Sugarcane Bagasse to Commercialize Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
  • Florida Biomass Energy Consortium: $320,623 awarded for the project Using High Efficiency Biomass Gasification for Industrial Drying.

For more information see the February 22 DEP press release.

Source: March 1 story in Renewable Energy Access.

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