The Office of Regulatory Staff- Energy Office recently awarded mini-grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The grantees include:
Town of Batesburg-Leesville
The Town of Batesburg-Leesville plans to replace interior and exterior fluorescent and incandescent fixtures with LED technology at the town’s two fire stations.
The facilities are used for numerous community events including: blood drives, Halloween events, unofficial storm sheltering, and regular community meetings. The project, and its projected energy savings will be further promoted by way of signage located on-site.
City of Pickens
The City of Pickens will install exterior pole lights equipped with photovoltaic panels and a solar thermal hot water system at a trail head for the local Doodle Trail.
The trailhead, in Doodle Park is developed on a rehabilitated rail yard and will also feature low-impact development in the form of storm water retention, instructional installations like sensory rain gardens, and educational signage. The city estimates that the number of visitors to the trail will exceed 30,000 annually.
South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light
South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light (SCIPL) plans to assist faith-based organizations with reducing their energy use by providing materials and supplies necessary to perform “quick fixes.” These quick fixes will be identified through SCIPL’s Cool Congregations program, which is a contest among houses of worship to develop energy conservation plans and form a network of efficiency-minded groups.
Results from the program will be published on SCIPL’s website and National Interfaith Power and Light media outlets.
Campobello-Gramling School (CGS) will use mini-grant funding to replace exterior HID fixtures with LED wall packs around their facility.
The building, in addition to being a primary, elementary, and middle school, is used for community meetings, cultural events, reunions, and church services. The project will be used as an educational tool through the YMCA After-School Childcare program, housed on the campus, and the CGS Family Engineering Night.
Fort Lawn Community Center
Fort Lawn Community Center plans to perform a number of improvements to their facility to improve the energy efficiency including installing motion sensors on vending machines; insulating an attic door; programming digital thermostats; replacing incandescent Exit signs with LED ones; resealing the building envelope; reinsulating the attic and condensing unit suction lines; and installing a radiant barrier across their roof.
The community center features adult education and senior meals, and it will begin providing space for kindergarten classes in the near future. Posters and instructional materials will be displayed on-site indicating upgrades made to the facility and the expected energy savings from the upgrades.
City of Myrtle Beach
The City of Myrtle Beach will use special mini-grant funding from Clean Cities to design and install 10 custom bike racks in the city in addition to further developing a mobile app to map bike rack locations and plot scenic bike routes around the city. The app will be able to provide fuel savings for trips and can be downloaded through a QR code featured on the racks.
Please note that the opportunity to apply for this year’s mini-grants has passed, but we will solicit applications again in August 2018. 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.