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Charlotte-area buildings receive funds for energy-efficiency upgrades

Some buildings in the Charlotte region are getting roughly $612,000 out of $1.8 million in federal stimulus funds from the North Carolina Energy Office to make energy-efficiency upgrades.

The Packard Place building at 222 S. Church St. is receiving $307,840 to insulate the floors and roof, install a thermal solar system to service all restrooms, kitchen and banquet areas and install solar trackers, said Seth Effron, spokesman for the Raleigh-based NCEO.

Dan Roselli and Sara Garces Roselli, who own the building, couldn’t be reached for comment. The two are also owners of Red F Marketing in Charlotte.

Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co. in Catawba County received a grant for $304,085 to retrofit seven locations comprising more than 1.2 million square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space, Effron said.

The company will replace more than 4,000 inefficient lighting fixtures with high-efficiency fixtures. The total cost of the project is $630,915, Effron said.

The $1.8 million, awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, went to seven projects in North Carolina.

The NCEO received 89 proposals requesting a total of $23 million of the stimulus funding for energy-saving improvements.

“These grants help North Carolina’s businesses and nonprofits operate efficiently,” state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco said. “In addition to creating jobs, these energy-efficiency improvements will pay off well into the future to control energy consumption during times when fuel costs are continually increasing.”

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