The Department for Local Government has announced an Energy Efficiency and Conservation grant of $100,000 to Johnson County for an energy conservation project, according to a statement from the DLG.
The statement said the EEC grant will assist county government to make energy efficient upgrades to various public facilities through Energy Savings Performance Contracts. This turnkey service provides local officials with a means to finance facility improvements, address deferred maintenance and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through utility cost savings, the statement said.
The Johnson County Fiscal Court will be awarded funds to go towards the county's ESPC, according to the statement, which said the proposed ESPC would include the county courthouse, the county garage, the regional jail and the judicial center. The project will make several improvements to these facilities that will result in both energy savings and a reduction in operational expenses, the statement said.
The proposed improvements include but are not limited to lighting upgrades, mechanical upgrades/retro-commissioning, building envelope and water conservation, according to the statement.
“I’m proud that this grant will help the county to better conserve public funds,” said DLG Commissioner Dunahoo. “With this grant award, Johnson County will be able to provide notable improvements in energy efficiency.”
“I’m happy that Johnson County was selected to receive these EEC grant funds,” said state Senator Brandon Smith. “These upgrades to our county’s facilities will lead to considerable cost savings for our citizens. Many thanks to Governor Bevin and DLG Commissioner Dunahoo for their efforts.”
“I’m appreciative of Gov. Bevin and DLG Commissioner Dunahoo for their work in securing this important funding,” said state Representative Bobby McCool. “Johnson County is looking forward to reducing our energy consumption and increasing efficiency at our county facilities.”
The DLG said the EEC Grant program is part of an on-going effort by DLG in cooperation with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department of Energy Development and Independence to assist city and county governments to reduce energy consumption and lower overall utility costs.
The Department for Local Government is an arm of the Office of the Governor dedicated to supporting local officials and communities. For more information, visit, www.kydlgweb.ky.gov.