$20 Million for Clean Energy Manufacturing Announced

Jun 25, 2010

(Washington D.C.)- Congressman Sander Levin welcomed the announcement today by Governor Granholm that the State of Michigan will use $20 million in Recovery Act funds to provide Clean Energy Advance Manufacturing awards to nine Michigan companies to help create jobs, diversify our state’s manufacturing base, and produce the next generation of renewable energy systems and components.

“Investing in innovative clean energy manufacturing is essential.  The awards being made today will create good jobs and help to lay the foundation of a robust clean energy sector in Michigan,” said Rep. Levin. “Deploying Recovery funds to support advanced energy manufacturing build’s on Michigan’s strengths.” 

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) included $3.1 billion in formula-based grants to states under the State Energy Program.  State energy offices use the funding for near-term deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies as well as long-term investments to help create new jobs in the growing renewable energy sector.  Michigan received $82 million for its State Energy Program (SEP) through the Recovery Act. 

The Clean Energy Advance Manufacturing awards announced today include:

KC Jones Plating Company, Warren, MI – $300,000 to provide specialized metal polishing and finishing to decrease wear and failure of wind turbine components;

AMPTECH, Manistee, MI – $573,000 to enhance the standard combiner box with custom electronics, to create a “smart” combiner box. The smart combiner box will retrieve informational data that will indicate failure rates of the panels and energy losses, in addition to changing DC power into AC power on solar panels;

Great Lakes Industry, Inc., Jackson, MI – $2.5 million to implement advanced gear manufacturing capabilities for wind and future solar energy markets;

Grid Logic, Inc., Metamora, MI – $5 million manufacture advanced clean energy efficiency devices called Fault Current Limiters (FCLs), to be used by utility companies to improve the efficiency and performance of the electric grid and assist in the incorporation of alternative energy sources;

Heat Transfer International, Inc., Kentwood, MI – $2.75 million to develop and manufacture technologically transformative, commercially viable biomass gasification power systems;

Innotec, Inc., Zeeland, MI – $1.2 million for Advanced LED Integrated Lighting Module manufacturing;

Polar Seal Window, Grand Rapid, MI – $200,000 to manufacture energy efficient commercial/Residential window products;

URV USA, LLC, Rochester, MI – $4 million to establish a Michigan-based foundry to develop next generation casting processes for building large utility scale wind turbine components;

Ventower Industries, Monroe, MI – $3.47 million to manufacture structural steel towers used to support commercial sized wind turbines.