Massachusetts-based clean tech scientists, researchers, institutions and corporations will soon have access to a new $1 million state-wide incentive program for the development and optimization of clean energy technologies.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), created by Governor Deval Patrick’s Green Jobs Act of 2008 to grow the clean tech industry in the state, will formally unveil the program details at the Global Clean Tech Meet-up taking place October 15 – 18 in Boston and Cambridge. Monetary awards of between $100,000 and $300,000 (totaling $1 million) will be given out to fund demonstration projects of technologies being created to address energy issues in the state. Winning projects will be required to match 50 percent of the funds given and preference will be given to those projects involving multiple companies and research institutions.

“Massachusetts companies are creating some of the most leading-edge clean energy technologies. Our support will help them create local jobs across the state and expand the adoption of clean energy,” said Rick K. Sullivan Jr., chairman of the MassCEC Board of Directors.

The initial Request for Proposals will be opened on October 1st, with the first deadline for submissions being November 5. Final applications will be due on February 4, 2013.

Earlier this month, Revmodo covered the fact that Massachusetts grew its clean energy economy 11.2 percent in the past year and is now employing 71,523 people at 4,995 clean energy businesses in the state. Those same companies are “optimistic about the coming year and expect to hire more workers in 2013” so the numbers should continue to grow. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is the first state agency in the country dedicated to clean tech development and costs the average residential utility customer around just $0.29 a month to operate.

Judging by all its successes, it seems as though MassCEC is definitely accomplishing its goals of making Massachusetts a leader in clean energy investments.

[via Boston.com]

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