Gov. Ivey awards grants to cut energy costs across Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WAFF) -- Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $367,050 to help local governments, public schools and nonprofit groups cut expenses by making their facilities more energy efficient.

Ivey’s office says the grant recipients will replace outdated heating, cooling, lighting or other systems with modern and efficient equipment that is less expensive to operate.

“Energy-efficient systems can be an excellent financial investment for taxpayers that will reduce operating costs at local facilities for years to come,” Ivey said. “I am pleased to award these grants as an investment in the futures for these cities, counties and nonprofit groups.”

Of the 18 total grants, here are the ones going to the Wiregrass area:
Covington County Commission—$23,700 to install an updated energy-efficient lighting system to the Covington County Arena.
Crenshaw County Commission—$11,515 to upgrade the Crenshaw County jail’s hot water system.
Geneva County Commission—$19,306 to install lighting retrofits at the Geneva County Farm Center.
City of Luverne Water Board (Crenshaw County)—$30,000 to assist in replacing turbine-type aerators at the wastewater lagoon with diffused air-type aerators that are more efficient.
City of Luverne Electric Board (Crenshaw County)—$25,000 to install energy-efficient LED lighting upgrades along city streets.
City of Troy (Pike County)—$19,475 to assist in installing a small wind turbine in the gravity-flow channel at the waste water treatment plant which will use wind to power part of the wastewater treatment facility and result in maintenance-free equipment.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.

“These grants are an investment in these local community facilities that will reduce costs to residents and help retain jobs,” ADECA director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join Gov. Ivey in making this assistance available for these projects.”

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