$2.3 Million in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants Awarded

Seventeen Recipients to Receive Grants for Projects Benefiting Both the Environment and Bottom Line

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today awarded more than $2.3 million to fund energy efficiency projects for local governments and municipalities, utilities, other organizations and private entities across Tennessee.

The Clean Tennessee Energy Grants were awarded to 17 recipients for projects designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.  Today’s announcement in Memphis marks the first time these grants have been made available.  The grant program provides financial assistance to state and local government agencies, utility districts, and private businesses/organizations in Tennessee to purchase, install and construct energy projects.

Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Under the Consent Decree, Tennessee will receive $26.4 million over five years to fund clean air programs in the state (at approximately $5.25 million per year).  In addition to the $2.3 million in Clean Energy Grants announced today, $3 million was announced earlier this year for energy efficiency projects in state government.

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  1. Gary Wolf says:

    This article makes it sound like great things are happening. And I suppose they are, but little of it is solar. Only 3 of the 17 grants awarded in this latest grant round supported solar. Caution: Some sour grapes may be involved — we had 7 applications in this round, and not one was funded.
    The perception has been created that Tennessee is an up-and-coming solar state. Most of that has to do with solar manufacturing coming here. That’s a jobs and economic investment policy at work, not a solar adoption/installation policy or even an energy policy. The “boom” in kW of solar being installed here is mostly a handful of solar farms, not the kind of installations that will put Tennesseans to work or foster a sustainable solar industry.
    In addition to TVA’s off-hand support for solar, one big obstacle to fostering a solar industry in Tennessee is the hit-and-miss approach of the now-defunct TN-CET and Tennessee Solar Institute programs, and this current TDEC grant program, which is feeble as far as solar is concerned, and none of which involved a dime of state-appropriated funding. Tennessee is NOT a great solar state, and will not be until it has a renewable energy program of its own.

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