Green Island company wins EPA quality award

GREEN ISLAND -- A company that uses mushroom fungus to make environmentally friendly packing materials recently won a national environmental quality award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Founded by two students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007, Ecovative Design will be honored during a ceremony April 27th at EPA regional headquarters in New York City.

"EPA was the first supporter of our research under the Small Business Innovation Research program in 2008, and now we are honored to receive this recognition," said Gavin McIntyre, the company's chief scientist.

The company's products are called Ecocradle, a packaging material, and Greensulate, an insulation.

Both are formed by a mixture of mineral-based insulating particles like pearlite, combined with water, flour and spores from the oyster mushroom.

Said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: "This environmental champion is paving the way toward a green energy future, revolutionizing our packaging and products using eco-friendly, sustainable materials."

-- Brian Nearing

NobleHouse Technologies files for bankruptcy

COLONIE -- NobleHouse Technologies Inc. of Colonie filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Albany.

NobleHouse, which is a holding company for various information technology companies, listed $937,000 in assets and more than $8.3 million in liabilities. It also had $11 million in annual revenue the past two years.

Harold Armstrong, who is named on bankruptcy documents as the company's chief financial officer, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The company's subsidiaries include Control Network Communications and Microtech Asset Recovery Systems.

-- Larry Rulison

Two solar companies combine under one name

COLONIE -- Adirondack Solar on Wolf Road in Colonie and Hudson Valley Clean Energy in Rhinebeck, which acquired Adirondack Solar in 2010, have changed their name to Hudson Solar.

Co-founder John Wright said the company, which is based in Rhinebeck and has 38 employees, is now going after business in southern Vermont, western Massachusetts and western Connecticut.

The company has also started a new leasing program with SunPower solar panels, offering customers an alternative to purchasing a solar system. One of the lease programs requires no money down.

-- Larry Rulison

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