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Applications for the Renewable Energy Special Project Committee’s Efficient Freezer Rebate Program are open January 18 – February 28, 2024. Winners will be notified on March 8.

The EFRP covers up to 35% of the cost (up to $7,000) for labs in need of new, highly-efficient Ultra-Low Temperature freezers. Typical ULT freezers use as much energy as a single-family home. Through the EFRP, labs can choose from a list of highly efficient freezers, which consume as little as a third of the energy. Labs must currently operate at UNC-Chapel Hill to be eligible.

There are two funding windows per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Each semester 5-8 labs receive funding.

Last fall, RESPC awarded eight freezers to nine labs (two labs shared a freezer).

  • Linnstaedt Lab, UNC School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology
  • Alexis Lab, UNC Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma, and Lung Biology (CEMALB)
  • Riddell Lab, UNC Department of Biology
  • Hood-Pishchany Lab, UNC School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
  • Matera Lab, UNC Department of Biology
  • UNC BioSpecimen Processing Facility, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease, UNC School of Medicine
  • Pattenden and Hathaway Labs, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

To learn more about the program and to begin the application process, visit the RESPC website.

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