Premier to announce funding for lighting project

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AMHERST - An Amherst company that's on the edge of developing new green technology is set to receive additional government support.

Premier Rodney MacDonald and Environment Minister David Morse will be at C-Vision early Wednesday to announce funding for the company's LED roadway lighting project through the province's ecoNova Scotia for Clean Air and Climate Change Fund and Conserve Nova Scotia.

C-Vision and its sister company LED Roadway Lighting Inc. in Halifax are developing a new technology that will reduce energy use, harmful air emissions and costs to municipalities.

In February, LED Roadway Lighting received a $1-million loan from the province's Industrial Expansion Fund while it also received a $3-million loan from ACOA's Atlantic Innovation Fund in January.

Company president Chuck Cartmill hopes to ramp up production of the light-emitting-diode lights by next year.

The street lights will have a variable control system that will allow them to be dimmed as needed, something that could help shave street light costs by 25 per cent for municipalities.

The LED lights are expected to be about 50 per cent more energy efficient than tradition high-pressure sodium lights.

The company is looking to market the product across Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

Organizations: Clean Air and Climate Change Fund, Roadway Lighting, Industrial Expansion Fund Atlantic Innovation Fund

Geographic location: AMHERST, Halifax, Canada United Arab Emirates

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  • SmallTown
    January 18, 2010 - 11:02

    Funny how this company has layed of half of their staff and continue to do weekly layoffs and continue to get some seed money. Some of this money in the past has gone towards job creation if I recall reading properly and now it appears it is major job deflation.

    Is it not part of the government policies that money used for job creation for any company has to do just that and not just create a job for a month or so?