For Immediate Release


Contact: Kenneth Sheinkopf
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: (321) 638-1007
FAX: (321) 638-1010
The Florida Energy Achievement Awards
The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) is pleased to announce the creation of 
the "Florida Energy Achievement Awards."  This new annual award will recognize a 
company, organization or individual that has made a significant achievement in the 
efficient utilization of energy, energy conservation, energy education or 
renewable energy in the state of Florida.

The award will be presented each October to recognize statewide leadership in 
sustainable energy savings.  The selected winner will have achieved significant 
results in energy efficiency, conservation, energy education or the use of 
renewable energy in their facility or program.

Examples include reducing energy use, water conservation, renewable energy 
generation, use of alternative fuel vehicles, renovations or retrofits with energy-
saving measures, reducing pollution, innovative energy saving performance 
contracts or utility energy services contracts, having a major impact on public 
education regarding energy issues or playing a prominent role in educating or 
disseminating information related to energy conservation measures or issues, 
helping generate awareness on energy-related issues, or other programs that have 
helped Florida use its energy and environmental resources more effectively.

Applications for the 2005 award are now being solicited, and must be received at 
the Florida Solar Energy Center by October 10, 2005.  One winner will be selected 
annually and will receive an award as well as permanent designation in the energy 
centers complex in Cocoa, Florida.

FSEC is the state of Florida's energy institute, and is a research unit of the 
University of Central Florida.  The center is celebrating its 30th anniversary 
this fall, and has instituted this new award as part of its anniversary 
celebration activities.

To apply for the award, interested organizations and individuals should send the 
linked form (click here) and a letter to FSEC highlighting a key project and 
documenting its impact and effectiveness.  The letter must give information on the 
program or activities that qualifies them for this honor.  The energy savings and 
environmental benefits to Florida should be well documented to show quantifiable 
measures of energy savings or environmental improvement.  The competition is open 
to all Florida companies, organizations and individuals (except staff members of 
the Florida Solar Energy Center and their families, who are not eligible).  

Applications should be sent to Dr. James Fenton, Director, Florida Solar Energy 
Center, 1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, Florida 32922, and be postmarked by October 
10, 2005.  The winner will be announced in late October.  Questions should be 
directed to Mr. Ken Sheinkopf at 321-638-1007 or

The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central 
Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported energy research institute 
in the country.  Current research activities include solar water and pool heating, 
solar electric and distributed generation systems, energy-efficient buildings, 
alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel, fuel cells and other energy 
areas.  For more information about the center, visit or call the FSEC Public Affairs Office at (321) 638-1015.