NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) announced the awarding of $420,365 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants (CTEG) to Grundy, Marion and Sequatchie Counties. Bowling was informed of the grants being awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.
The grants to Grundy and Sequatchie Counties will be used on energy efficient lighting upgrades in government buildings. The grant to Marion County will be used on overall efficiency upgrades such as lighting, cooling and window improvements in government buildings. Between the three counties, annual energy and cost savings are estimated to reach 868,458 kWh and $59,654.
“Grundy, Marion and Sequatchie Counties receiving these grants is a great example of the huge savings small changes can cause,” said Bowling. “These thoughtful and proactive improvements not only result in saving taxpayer dollars, but also in preserving the environment for future generations. Even something as simple as installing new light fixtures and windows can help us keep Tennessee clean for years to come.”
The CTEG program provides financial assistance to municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other entities created by statute such as an airport authority. To receive these grants, these counties demonstrated plans to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.
“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured this funding,” added Bowling. “I applaud their mindfulness and efforts to protect and preserve the wonderful resources Tennessee has to offer.”