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Grants to Help N.H. Towns Conserve Energy

March 19, 2010 - 4:17pm


New Hampshire has a plan to lower expenses and create jobs, all while conserving energy. In all, the state has received $17.3 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding. Of that, $9.6 million has been sent to the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (NHOEP) to launch several energy saving projects.

NHOEP established a subgrant program to award $6.6 million of the EECBG grant funding to local municipalities and counties.  New Hampshire municipalities and counties submitted over 270 applications, totaling over $21 million in grant requests.

“Substantial energy efficiency improvements will be made throughout the state,” says Dari Sassan, EECBG coordinator for NHOEP. “Through this program, we are going to be able to fund116 innovative projects in 67 communities that will save money and stimulate the local economy,” he explains.

Solar panels and solar hot water heaters will be installed at several schools and municipal buildings. There are 26 different lighting upgrade projects to install energy efficient lights in traffic signals, at schools, and government buildings. Energy audits will be performed at about 90 different buildings and schools to determine additional ways to save energy.

“These are just some of the many projects that will bring jobs and work to local contractors,” says Dari. He adds, “We want to ensure New Hampshire has a more efficient and sustainable energy future.”