MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $2 million to help a dozen local governments and schools, nonprofit groups and others help save money by cutting energy usage.
The State Energy Program helps qualified organizations and groups lower energy costs by making energy-efficient improvements in buildings and operations. The grants will help replace outdated heating, cooling and lighting with more modern and efficient equipment that is less expensive to use.
“It just makes good sense to conserve funds by converting to more energy efficient heating, cooling and lighting equipment,” Gov. Ivey said. “I applaud these schools, local governments and other organizations who are investing in modern equipment and techniques to ensure that they are spending wisely.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Energy. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.
“Those who invest in these energy upgrades are making wise and prudent decisions that will pay dividends well into the future,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join Gov. Ivey in assisting these groups and organizations with reducing their costs.”
Those awarded grants are:
- Hawk Pride Mountain Water System (Colbert County)- $246,000 to install energy-efficient motor drive additions at two water wells.
- The Health Care Authority of the City of Huntsville – $54,500 to install building automation systems at the Plaza Resource Center.
- Niche Polymer (Killen) – $143,600 to install energy efficient LED lighting, a heating and air system and solar pole lighting upgrades.
- Swearengin Water Systems (Grant) – $79,000 to provide energy-efficient upgrades at a water system booster station.
- Catalyst Community Church (Gadsden) – $156,000 to install energy-efficient LED lighting and heating and air-conditioning upgrades.
- North Park Baptist Church (Trussville) – $105,000 to provide energy-efficient LED lighting and heating and air upgrades.
- Center Point (City of) – $250,000 to install solar panel systems at City Hall, the community center and the public library.
- Tuscaloosa County School System – $200,000 to install energy-efficient LED lighting upgrades at Vance Elementary School in Vance and Walker Elementary School in Holt.
- Dallas County Board of Education – $240,000 to install energy-efficient LED lighting at Keith Middle School in Orrville and Valley Grande Elementary School.
- Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Montgomery) – $249,500 to install energy-efficient LED lighting at the Carolyn Blount Theatre.
- Heart of Alabama Food Bank (Montgomery)- $140,000 to install energy-efficient LED lighting upgrades.
- Senior Citizens Services (Mobile) – $136,400 to install energy efficient LED lighting and heating and air upgrades at Via Health Fitness and Enrichment Center.
Jim Plott or Mike Presley
ADECA Communications and External Affairs