People Power is one of the 53 companies to receive this SBIR Phase II grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Last year the company received Phase I grant for manufacturing smart controllers and qualified to compete for Phase II in 2010.

People Power’s energy efficiency products are designed to help people monitor and control energy consumption at the appliance level, ultimately driving down energy bill costs while reducing carbon emissions.

The company, which unveiled its Surf Developers Kit earlier this year, formed its Technology Advisory Board last month.

People Power founder and CEO Gene Wang said that the company is on the road to developing smart, energy-saving products and winning this grant brings it one step closer to its goal of making energy reduction easy for everyone.

“The backing we have received from the government and private investors, as well as continued support from Intel, IBM, Stanford and UC Berkeley is great validation for our technology and company direction,” Wang said.