STATEHOUSE-Leaders from Whitley County attended an awards program with Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman to receive $46,763 in grant money for green initiatives.
The award is part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) program. The EECGB is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) and administered in Indiana by the Indiana Office of Energy Development.
Whitley County received a category two grant which includes:
Lighting retrofits for Government-owned structures
· Eligible projects include energy efficient lighting upgrades and lighting/occupancy sensor controls for government-owned structures.
· An energy audit is recommended, but not required.
· Cost of energy audit can be claimed as an eligible, reimbursable expense.
Eligible participants included cities and towns with populations less than 35,000 and counties with populations of 200,000 or less.
"It's fantastic to see Hoosiers getting involved in green initiatives," Rep. Matt Bell (R-Avilla) said. "I commend county leaders for moving us towards a more modern and environmentally safe place to live and raise a family. It will be rewarding to see the money make our community better."