READING, PA – (March 11, 2013) – CEWA Technologies, Inc. will build the second prototype of its technologically advanced solar-concentrator dish in Berks County, thanks in part to recent funding from two Pennsylvania sustainable energy funds.
CEWA moved to Wyomissing in December from Bethlehem, where it assembled and tested the first prototype on a rooftop in a Keystone Innovation Zone not far from Lehigh University.
“The goal is to use the second prototype to perfect the dish and then begin producing them at commercial scale,” said J. Paul Eisenhuth, CEWA president and chief executive officer. In addition to Eisenhuth, John Fangman serves as Chief Technology Officer.
The move comes after the approval of a $500,000 loan from the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund of Berks County Community Foundation and the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. The funds share an advisory committee that reviews applications for loans, grants, and equity investments for alternative and sustainable energy projects in the territories served by the utilities at the time the funds were created.
“This is a big investment in an alternative energy technology that could ultimately bring highly skilled jobs to Berks County after commercialization,” said Kevin K. Murphy, president of Berks County Community Foundation. “The technology itself could revolutionize the solar-concentrator dish industry.”
More information about the sustainable energy funds is available at www.metedpenelecsef.org.
Berks County Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that serves as a civic leader for our region by developing, managing and distributing funds to meet existing and emerging community needs. More information is available at www.bccf.org.