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.