State taking block grant applications
Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 7:01 pm
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development last week announced applications for a third round of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) will be accepted beginning on Oct. 17. The department has previously awarded $12.1 million in grants to 135 communities throughout the state to implement energy efficient projects.
The grants will be used to fund a variety of energy efficiency and conservation programs in the local communities, including retrofits to lighting and HVAC systems, as well as the installation of renewable energy systems.
The application for the EECBG grants can be found online at <http://www.tn.gov/ecd/recovery/eecbg.html>. Applications will be accepted by the department starting on Oct. 17 and will be scored on the local government’s overall conservation strategy, project feasibility, readiness to proceed, community impact, partnerships and the ability to extend funding impact beyond a one-time use. Applications will be accepted and scored on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are depleted. Previous recipients of the EECBG grants are not eligible.
The EECBG program is projected to cumulatively produce more than 92 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy savings annually, resulting in an estimated cost-savings of $8 million per year for Tennessee communities. In addition, approximately 149 jobs will be created by the more than 140 grants awarded.