First Light and Innova earn state grants

First Light and Innova earn state grants-attachment0

Two local companies — First Light Solar Energy and Innova Homes — were recently awarded $61,000 and $51,160, respectively, from the North Carolina Green Business Fund.

The grant will help FLS Energy create jobs and expand programs that use “Solar Energy Purchase Agreements,” a financing method that reduces upfront costs for large-scale solar hot-water users. “The only thing standing in the way of mass adoption of solar-thermal technology is the upfront investment,” says Michael Shore, FLS Energy president. A recent project that uses this approach is the installation of solar hot-water system at Kanuga Conferences, featured in the Green Homes Tour being held Saturday, Aug. 22, by the Hendersonville-based nonprofit ECO.

Innova Homes will use its grant to help develop a hybrid modular home that combines structural insulated panels — a relatively new, energy- and material-efficient product — with traditional modular-home components.

Created by state legislators two years ago, the fund supports innovative projects in such fields as the biofuels industry, green building and renewable energy. A total of $950,000 was awarded to 14 companies this year, most of them in the Research Triangle.

— Margaret Williams

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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