Grants totaling of $1,066,429
Lansing, MI – Fourteen Michigan cities, villages and counties have received a total of $1,066,429, in advanced lighting technology projects, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today.
The Advanced Lighting Technology Demonstration Grants were awarded from the Michigan Energy Office through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) for projects that create and retain jobs, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“The energy and cost savings benefits, plus the maintenance savings due to the longer life of the lamps, are impressive with the newer technology lighting that’s now available. These benefits are more important than ever to local governments in reducing operating expenses,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “In addition, manufacturing of advanced lighting technologies is a growing industry in Michigan and has the potential to create a new source of jobs and investment for local and state economies.”
Local units of government were invited to apply for the funding if they were willing to demonstrate the benefits of advanced commercial lighting technologies, especially if manufactured in Michigan, in their facilities. These lighting technologies include: Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), also known as Solid State Lighting; induction lighting; and plasma lighting, also known as High Efficient Plasma Lighting (HEP). Eligible projects for funding were ones that replace or retrofit existing lighting fixtures
The Michigan Energy Office will require that funded grantees regularly collect, track, and report metrics data related to energy savings, cost savings, jobs created and/or saved, and emissions reductions.
The 14 Advanced Lighting Technology Demonstration Grant winners are:
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