Troy awarded $79,500 grant for geothermal system

Troy awarded $79,500 grant for geothermal system
The Tennessee Department of Eco-nomic and Community Development announced today that 12 additional Tennessee cities and counties, including Troy, have been awarded about $1.1 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants.
The Town of Troy will receive a $79,500 grant for a geothermal heating and cooling system to be installed at the fire station.
Troy Mayor Jimmie Hart said the grant is a chance for the city to upgrade its fire station’s heating and cooling system to be more efficient electrically. The unit in the fire station has not worked well in recent years. The geothermal system will keep the fire station at a near constant temperature by piping water into the ground to be heated in the winter and cooled in the summer.
The mayor said there are several new homes being built in Troy using the geothermal system and this grant will allow the city to use one as well.
Hart attributes Troy’s ability to receive competitive grants to “being in the right position.”
“You’ve got to put your city in the position to be able to get the grants. You’ve got to do what they want you to do,” he said, adding that once the grant is received, cities have to get them administered, spent and closed out in a timely manner.
Other communities receiving grants include Bethel Springs, Chester County, Collegedale, Decherd, Elkton, Huntsville, Munford, Roane County, Sequatchie County, Somerville and Washington County.
These communities join 134 other Tennessee cities and counties which were awarded $13 million in EECBG grants in 2010. The grants will enable communities to implement cost-effective strategies, which reduce total energy expenses and save taxpayer money through improved energy efficiency in buildings and transportation systems, creating an estimated 10 new jobs in the process.
“The benefits of the EECBG grants are important to Tennessee and the communities receiving the grants,” Molly Cripps, director, Energy Division, ECD, said. “It is a boost to our state’s energy efficiency efforts, allows communities to reduce energy consumption and cut costs, and creates jobs for Tennesseans.”
The grants will fund a variety of energy efficiency and conservation programs in local communities across the state, including retrofits of the lighting, HVAC, window and insulation of many existing government buildings. Other communities will install remote read water meters and renewable energy systems.
The third round of the EECBG program is expected to produce nearly 2.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy savings annually, resulting in a cost-savings of about $225,000 per year for Tennessee communities. The grants will also allow installers and retrofitters to gain valuable training and experience which will serve private sector companies as they expand their energy efficiency programs.
For more information on the EECBG program in Tennessee visit http://tn.gov/ecd/recovery/eecbg.html.
Applications were 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.
The EECBG grants were funded out of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Published in The Messenger 12.12.11

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