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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
March 16, 2010

Comptroller Awards First Round of Grants for Renewable Energy Projects

(AUSTIN) – Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today announced 32 renewable energy projects around the state have been selected to receive a first round of federal stimulus grants as part of the Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Program.

Approximately $32 million will go to cities, school districts, colleges and universities and other local and state government entities in the first round of grants. More project applications are currently undergoing federal National Environmental Policy Act review.

Recipients will use the grants to install renewable energy infrastructure at public facilities to generate electricity at those sites, reduce utility costs and save tax dollars. The projects will also increase the amount of installed renewable energy in Texas, which would reduce the demand on power plants and cut emissions from the plants.

“Some projects offer even more benefits,” Combs said. “For example, Texas State Technical College (TSTC) campuses in Waco and Harlingen will install solar panels that will not only provide electricity but also serve as hands-on training labs. TSTC plans to have students in solar energy technology programs perform efficiency and maintenance work or other training with the panels. This will enhance the value of their technical career skills.”

Entities in the first round of grants will use the funds for solar power installation. Projects that also include other types of renewable energy technologies are currently being reviewed.

The Comptroller’s State Energy Conservation Office will administer the stimulus grants. The grants range from $95,000 to $2 million. For a summary of the projects selected to date for grants, go to http://www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us/arra/sep/renewable/index.php. The site will be updated as additional projects get selected for renewable energy grants.

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