NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) announced the awarding of $471,534.50 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants (CTEG) to Fayette, Haywood and McNairy Counties. Gresham was informed of the grant being awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.
The grants will be used for LED lighting upgrades in facilities throughout Fayette, Haywood and McNairy Counties for an estimated 208,360 kWh in annual energy savings. The grants will also be used for rooftop solar projects on the Haywood County Justice Center and the University of Tennessee Martin Extension facility as well as for 51 new water-sourced heat pump units to the Haywood County Courthouse. Between the projects, annual savings are estimated to reach $141,502.48.
“The efforts between the three counties to reduce emissions and conserve energy shows us the tremendous savings that occur when governments lead by example,” said Gresham. “By utilizing this grant program, Fayette, Haywood and McNairy Counties are being good stewards of taxpayer dollars and showing the community what big savings little changes can cause.”
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 grant, each county demonstrated a plan to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.
“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured this grant,” added Gresham. “I applaud their mindfulness and efforts to preserve the wonderful resources Tennessee has to offer.”