Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla., recognized Florida's growing renewable energy technology industry as a part of his ongoing focus on economic development. During a roundtable discussion at the Center for Ocean Energy Technology at Florida Atlantic University with leaders of Florida's renewable energy industry, Crist also congratulated the nine recipients of $15 million in grant funding through the Renewable Energy and Energy-Efficient Technologies Grant Program.
‘Florida is leading the way as a major marketplace for advanced energy technologies,’ says Crist. ‘As our state and nation recover from challenging economic times, we must continue to encourage companies to invest in clean technologies here in Florida, which will bring green jobs to our people, as well as protect our environment and stimulate our economy.’
The 2008-2009 grant recipients include the University of South Florida, for its Smart Grid with Renewable Strategic Load Pocket, and ARI Green Energy Inc., for its Next Generation Small Wind Generator Systems Manufacturing Site.
The Renewable Energy and Energy-Efficient Technologies Grant Program, awarded by the Florida Energy & Climate Commission, advances the growing establishment of renewable energy technologies in the state.
SOURCE: Office of Gov. Charlie Crist