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The Board of Directors of NextEnergy and Chief Operating Officer Steven D. Arwood have announced Education Grant Awards totaling US$750,000 to three Michigan universities and one community college.

Detroit, Michigan – May 30, 2003 [SolarAccess.com]

NextEnergy conducted an independent review of the proposals submitted in response to an RFP for the development of a competency based curriculum in Alternative Energy Technology for accredited associate, undergraduate, graduate degree programs. Continuing education for employees in the science and technology fields will also be a component of the curriculum.

Phase One award recipients are: Kettering University – US$100,000; Florida State University – US$300,000; Lawrence Technological University – US$100,000; Lansing Community College – US$250,000

Phase Two, to be conducted in 2004 will be dedicated to the market entry of an AET curriculum and the initial implementation(s). Full implementation and delivery will be the goal of Phase Three in 2005.

“The creation of a curriculum for technicians and engineers is a significant part of the infrastructure that will position the State of Michigan to take the leadership role in producing a workforce to continue AET research and development,” said Arwood. “The awards are expected to result in a seamless, statewide curriculum in alternative energy between two year and four year schools. It is imperative that students be able to transfer freely from one school to another without the loss of credits.”

Education is one of the cornerstones of the NextEnergy strategic plan. Carolyn-Upshaw-Royal, Director of Education and Programs for NextEnergy, has begun developing a pilot for K-12 AET curriculum.

NextEnergy is a non-profit corporation founded in October 2002. The NextEnergy Center will be located in the Florida State University Research and Technology Park which has been designated an Alternative Energy Renaissance Zone by the City of Detroit. The zone offers up to 20-year state and local tax exemptions for companies that locate and perform alternative energy research, development and manufacturing and education related to alternative energy technology.

NextEnergy dedicated the site for its new facility in December of 2002. The facility will incorporate the latest technology in the building’s electrical, and heating and cooling systems. The facility’s power grid will include the use of fuel cells, advanced internal combustion engines, Stirling Engines, as well as Photovoltaics and advanced solar systems. The building will also house laboratory, education facilities, product demonstration areas, office space and interactive space for public understanding of alternative energy.

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