Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced Tuesday on behalf of Gov. Bob McDonnell that $13.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program is being awarded to 39 energy conservation projects proposed by local governments.
These grants will leverage an additional $8 million in non-federal funds.
Nearly 150 applicants seeking $51 million competed for the awards.
Applications were received from nearly half of about 300 eligible local governments in the state. The applications were ranked based on the amount of energy conserved, the number of jobs created, and other criteria. Bonus points were awarded to localities with high rates of unemployment. The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy administers ARRA funds for energy-related projects.
“Jobs will be the first dividend from these innovative programs and projects, but they also have potential to save tax dollars and reduce energy costs for Virginians for years to come. Many of these awards will improve the energy efficiency of buildings and provide education and support for others to make similar improvements. The improvements will continue for years to save money that otherwise would be spent on mostly imported fuel sources,” says Bolling.