Air Quality Improvement Grant Funding Now Available
The NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) announced results of the CFAT or Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project. The 2017-2018 year saw a $5.6 million initiative with the last round showing 10 projects awarded over $1.1 million in air quality improvement grants to both public and private entities. Previous awardees included UNC Charlotte, the Town of Apex, City of Charlotte and Thyssenkrupp, NC Department of Transportation Rail Division, Davidson County, Orange County, and the Town of Matthews.
The CFAT project operates exclusively in counties that do not meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards or are in maintenance mode and the improvements have already taken effect. In total, the equipment purchased with CFAT money displaces roughly 62,949 gallons of diesel/gas a year, reducing 54,042 kg of daily emissions. In the past, with the help of entities like Triangle J, Centralina, Upper Coastal Plain and (many other Councils of Governments), NCCETC has helped spread information on alternative fuel vehicles and fuel conservation technologies and policies, as well as provide continuous support and funding for clean energy infrastructure and equipment year after year.
As for funding for next year, the first round of 2019 funding Request for Proposals (RFP) period has opened and awards will be announced by February 2019. In 2019, up to $2,350,000 in federal funding is being awarded. The 2019 funds will be awarded continuously, through three rounds of reviews and allocations, until all funds are allocated. The deadline to apply for the first round of funding is December 17, 2018.
The application can be found here and the 2019 CFAT FAQ can be found here. For more information on CFAT visit their website or contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org or 704-688-7035. For the full NCCETC press release visit this page.