Each SBDC network was selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants based on their ability to provide energy efficiency. The grant awards will help small businesses conserve energy and use it more efficiently.
“Small businesses are leading the way in developing green technology,” SBA Administrator Karen Mills said. “These Small Business Development Centers are well positioned to help equip small businesses with energy-efficiency tools and information. It’s a win-win because a small business saves on energy bills while contributing to the growth of green jobs in other local businesses.”
The grants contribute to the SBA’s efforts to help small businesses deal with increasing costs of fossil fuels and diminishing energy resources. SBDC grant recipients will use the funds to help small businesses with energy conservation.
Each SBDC grant recipients will use unique and innovative approaches to develop and promote green buildings and green technology. Three of the SBDCs will receive awards for the first time, with four to receive a second year of funding. The proposed programs will help to provide education, training, energy-efficiency audits, information on adoption of energy-efficiency practices and assistance for purchase and installation of energy-efficient building fixtures and equipment.
The Nevada Small Business Development Center hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno is one of the centers to receive a second year of funding by demonstrating the ability to provide access to information and resources on energy-efficiency practices.
The Nevada SBDC has expanded its experience and involvement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rebuild America building energy efficiency retrofit program, the Nevada State Office of Energy, the major Nevada electric utilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to provide energy audits and assist small businesses in evaluating and implementing energy efficiency measures. The Nevada center offers education on renewable energy generation, constructing high performance green buildings and developing and commercializing clean technology products, goods, services and processes.