Kentucky’s smaller cities and counties, as well as a small number of schools, will be the beneficiaries of the latest round of federal stimulus dollars aimed at improving energy efficiency. The state’s 10 largest cities and counties are already receiving direct grants from the government, so this grant of more than 10 million dollars will help fill the gap. Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence spokesman Greg Guess says municipalities will have to apply for the funds, but once received, they can be applied to a variety of projects.
“So they can do things like have energy audits done on their buildings, they can do retrofits, they can pay for improvements on nonprofit buildings that are within their jurisdiction,” says Guess.
A portion of the funds will also go to help schools buy solar panels.