BAINBRIDGE -- The Town of Bainbridge has received two Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants in the amounts of $54,081 for building lighting retrofits and $61,270 for traffic light and streetlight LED retrofits.
These funds will be used for building lighting retrofits in the town as well as for lighting for both the Bainbridge Volunteer Fire Department and the North Putnam Community School Corporation. The second grant will be used to replace all the streetlights in Bainbridge.
Town Clerk Jason Hartman said the town has named the North Putnam School Corporation and fire department as sub recipients.
"The Fire department will receive $3,843 for replacing lighting in the fire department building and North Putnam Schools will receive $38,607 to replace the gym lights at both elementary schools as well as the high school and middle school gyms," said Hartman.
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced the 58 grant awards recently. Bainbridge is one of 47 towns, cities or counties to receive a grant.
A total of $5.09 million was awarded for upgrades including LED traffic and street light conversion, building lighting upgrades, HVAC and insulation retrofits, retrofitting pumps at wastewater treatment facilities, and installing energy management systems.
The communities were selected for the grants through a competitive applicant process.
"The high level of competition for these grants show Hoosier communities are serious about efficiency," said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. "The payback for residents and all of Indiana is reasonable energy costs and less dependence on foreign sources of energy."
A total of 220 applications were received in the second round, with a total request of $19 million. Bainbridge was awarded grants in both the first and second rounds.
Members of Bainbridge involved in the project have been invited to the Indiana State House on June 22 for an award ceremony.
The purpose of the Indiana EECBG Program is to assist eligible entities in creating and implementing strategies to reduce fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable, reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities, increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and reduce energy costs through efficiency improvements and create new jobs and increased productivity to spur economic growth and community development.