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Sun shines on Richmond-based SunCentral

By MATTHEW HOEKSTRA
February 3, 2012 · 5:46 PM
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The sky’s the limit for SunCentral president and CEO Tony Formby (left) and vice-presidents Geoff Cowan and Kamal Athwal. / Matthew Hoekstra photo

Sunlighting technology from a Richmond-based firm is one of 36 innovations from Canadian companies selected for assistance under a federal program, announced Richmond MP Alice Wong's office Friday.

SunCentral Inc. has pre-qualified for funding in the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program, a $40-million pilot program now in its second round of selections.

SunCentral's technology harvests sunlight from building facades and channels it horizontally, deep into each floor, via hybrid light fixtures—reaching areas windows and skylights can't.

Under the federal program, SunCentral, which The Review featured in its Green Edition last October, may see its product tested in government operations and net feedback from participating departments.

In a news release, SunCentral president and CEO Tony Formby said the company is honoured by the news.

"The Canadian government plays a key role in accelerating the adoption of our technology and represents an ideal proving ground for our innovative green technology."

The government selected another Richmond company in its first round of selections. MDA Systems Inc. pre-qualified for funding for its automated motion imagery exploitation software tools, developed for surveillance and reconnaissance.

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