$492K awarded statewide for community energy efficiency, solar projects

LANSING, Michigan (WLUC) – Twenty-six Community Energy Management (CEM) program grants totaling $ 492,145 were awarded Wednesday by the Michigan Department for the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE).

The grants are used to finance energy efficiency improvements and other energy-related projects.

“Reducing energy waste saves money, saves energy, makes us healthier and at the same time improves our environment,” said EGLE Director Liesl Clark. “Over half of the EGLE budget goes out the door to invest in local communities. Climate solutions are local solutions, and these Community Energy Management projects are building blocks as Michigan lays the foundation for achieving its carbon neutral goal by 2050. “

The grants from the CEM program will help local governments, public schools and other community organizations fund energy assessments and comparative usage studies, improve lighting and air conditioning efficiency, add efficient building insulation, improve heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and use renewable energy Energies participate in projects or update municipal plans and ordinances. These important projects save money and reduce a company’s carbon footprint.

The grant recipients, grant amounts and project purpose:

  • Alpena Public Schools, $ 15,000, energy efficiency improvements.
  • Bellevue Community Schools, $ 15,000, energy audit and energy efficiency improvements.
  • Big Rapids Housing Commission, $ 14,000, Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency Improvement.
  • Caledonia Community Schools, $ 15,000, upgrade energy management system for buildings.
  • Chassell Township, $ 15,000, energy efficiency improvements.
  • City of East Jordan, $ 15,000, energy efficiency improvements.
  • City of Grand Blanc, $ 15,000, energy audit and energy efficiency improvement.
  • City of Harrison, $ 15,000 renewable energy project.
  • City of Huntington Woods, $ 12,000, energy efficiency improvements.
  • City of Kentwood, $ 15,000, energy efficiency improvements.
  • City of Lansing, $ 9,900, under a 60-kilowatt solar array.
  • City of the mountain. Morris, $ 15,000, energy efficiency improvements.
  • Petoskey City, $ 15,000, energy efficiency improvements.
  • The Detroit 2030 District ($ 15,000) supports the city’s community benchmarking efforts.
  • East Jordan Public Schools, $ 15,000, 20-kilowatt solar panel.
  • Ecoworks, $ 100,000, energy audits and cooling system energy efficiency improvements for companies providing food and meal distribution services in Detroit.
  • Fiddler’s Green Foundation, Bad Ax and Corunna, $ 13,000, energy efficiency improvements.
  • Washtenaw County Jewish Family Services, $ 15,000, Energy Efficiency Improvement.
  • Lewis Cass Intermediate School District, Cassopolis, $ 15,000, Energy Efficiency Improvement.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Academy of Education Center, Detroit, $ 15,000, Energy Efficiency Improvement.
  • Overisel Township, $ 1,245, energy efficiency improvements.
  • Royal Oak Public Library, $ 15,000, Energy Efficiency Improvement.
  • Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corp., $ 15,000, energy efficiency improvements.
  • University of Michigan, US $ 60,000, Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Bureau, Grant for Solar Barrier Project in Rural Communities.
  • Village of Ahmeek, $ 12,000, energy efficiency improvements.
  • Village of Muir, $ 15,000, energy efficiency improvements.

EGLE’s Community Energy Management program is part of the Catalyst Communities Initiative, which is carried out by the Office for Climate and Energy and EGLE’s Energy Services. Catalyst Communities offers a series of cohort-style webinars, workshops, and academies on a range of topics as part of a tiered approach to providing local decision makers across the state with the knowledge, tools, and resources to take steps towards a just transition to undertake to decarbonise.

Communities interested in learning more can visit the Catalyst Communities website and sign up for program updates.

Catalyst Communities will be the subject of a series of sessions at the Michigan Sustainability Conference June 2-4, including public-private community partnerships to advance decarbonization solutions on how community leaders can promote resilient coastal management and improve water infrastructure and energy management. Income community solar.

The conference participants learn from social and ecological sustainability, work with them and drive them forward.

EGLE also offers grants for clean energy roadmaps, energy waste reduction for small businesses, installation of electric vehicle chargers, and related funding for companies that have received a federal grant to develop clean energy technologies.

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