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Tennessee Solar Institute announces $7.27M in grants

TSI Logo CYMK.jpgEarlier this week, the Tennessee Solar Institute announced $7.27 million in Solar Innovation Grant awards to companies across Tennessee in its second round of funding.

Awarded projects within the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area accounted for 17 of the 59 projects and the total grant awards to local companies totaled $2.14 million, according to Innovation Valley.

When combined with the first round of grant awards announced last December, the $14.5 million in grant funding will leverage more than $14 million in additional investments, officials said.

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See the full list round two TSI grants as a PDF.

Ten of the released projects are located in Knox County:

--$46,050 to pursue NABCEP certification and manufacturing specific training for employees. Azur expects to create 30 jobs at its new manufacturing facility.
--$100,000 to introduce automation into its manufacturing/coating process increasing output of its solar products.
--$500,000 to replace its HVAC units, install LED lights, and upgrade its internal air filtration system at its facility.

Green Earth Solar LLC,
--$250,000 to install a 45kW parking shade solar array with 4 electric vehicle charging stations at its offices

Cara-Sol Energy LLC
-- $47,285 to conduct a marketing study to promote its solar thermal panels, certify its solar thermal collector panels, and register as ISO 9001/14001 compliant.
-- $14,287 to train employees in solar thermal and PV installation enhancing their ability to market Cara-Sol products.

FLS Energy
-- $39,425 for professional consulting for marketing analysis and technical assistance in order to promote its commercial solar technology and installation expertise.
--$14,018 to train personnel in NABCEP entry level PV and Technical PV Sales certifications.

Sustainable Future LLC,
--$50,000 to train its employees in solar installation, energy assessment, and technical sales.

Action Services Group Inc.
-- $45,340 to train its employees in solar installation training and professional development for select employees.

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