The Office of Regulatory Staff-Energy Office recently awarded mini-grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
The grantees include:
City of Cayce
City of Cayce plans to replace metal halide lamps with LED fixtures at the City of Cayce Municipal Complex and City Utility Compound. The new fixtures will be in high-traffic areas with an estimated 200 daily visitors. The city will educate the public about this project through a news release, informational flyer, social media posts, as well as a special 2017 wall calendar calling attention to the fact that October is Energy Action Month.
Northeastern Technical College
Northeastern Technical College will retrofit compact fluorescent fixtures located on campus with LED lamps. The fixtures are located above covered walkways and porches connecting the buildings on campus and will assist the college in ensuring that students and faculty can make their way between buildings safely, all while using energy wisely. In addition to the project being highly visible, the college will provide a description of the project to their social media outlets, as well as the local paper.
Georgetown County School District
Georgetown County School District plans to replace T12 fluorescent lamps with LEDs. The fixtures are located in hallways and classrooms and will be featured in a presentation to the public at a local school board meeting.
Landrum High School
Landrum High School will replace metal halide fixtures with LED fixtures on the exterior of the school. In addition to energy cost savings, the increased visibility will assist students and faculty in feeling safe following extracurricular events. The school will also feature the project on the Cardinal News Network, a weekly news program produced by students, as well as a possible flyer developed by students and placed in prominent areas throughout the town.
Sustaining Way, a South Carolina 501(c)(3) organization, plans to install 3.92 kW photovoltaic array on ‘Annie’s House,’ a home designed to prove that affordable, sustainable living is within the realm of possibility for moderate- and low-income residents. The house is located near Swamp Rabbit Trail, a well-traveled walking and bike trail and will be used to educate members of the general public.
Please note that the opportunity to apply for this year’s mini-grants has passed, but we will solicit applications again in August 2017. If you are a state agency, local government, public college/university/technical college, K-12 public school, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and are interested in applying, please visit the Office of Regulatory Staff-Energy Office website here (http://energy.sc.gov/incentives/grants) to view the relevant documentation and application.