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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
September 25, 2009

Stimulus Funds Ready for Public Sector Renewable Energy Installations

(AUSTIN) — More federal stimulus funds are now available for local and state government agencies looking for long-term energy savings. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced today that requests for applications are open for $30 million in grants from the Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Program. Cities, counties, school districts and other local and state governmental entities can apply for the competitive grants.

The money will help install renewable energy technologies at or near the point of energy consumption in a public facility. Governmental entities can install solar panels, small wind turbines or other types of renewable energy directly at a public facility to generate electricity for the place. This would also reduce the demand on a power plant and cut the greenhouse gas emissions from the plant.

“Having the ability to generate renewable energy on-site at their facilities gives governmental entities tremendous flexibility in meeting electricity needs while helping reduce tax dollars spent on energy costs,” Combs said. “They could look at using these grants at city halls, county courthouses or school campuses, and energy saving opportunities may also exist in places such as libraries.”

The grants are capped at $2 million each and can be used for projects that use biomass, geothermal, solar, water (hydro) and wind installations.

The Comptroller’s State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) will administer the federal stimulus grants. Funding guidelines and selection criteria, such as priority for ready-to-go projects that can begin immediately, are part of the application process. Requests for applications were posted today, and governmental entities have until Oct. 30, 2009, to submit applications. More information can be found at www.secostimulus.org.

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