Schools and universities across the state will receive over $45 million in stimulus funding to go towards improving energy efficiency.
The money includes over $35 million in grant money and an additional 10 million in no-interest loans. The funding is aimed at improving energy and lighting systems at the state’s 85 school districts, as well as its two-year and four-year colleges. The government agencies that own the facilities will also receive $7 million. According to the State Budget and Control Board, the money will be given proportionally according to each organization’s energy bill.
To obtain funding, school districts, colleges, and agencies need to apply to the South Carolina Energy Office. Eiligible projects include energy-efficient lighting, heating and air conditioning systems, and new energy management systems.
A separate $22 million will be provided for the state’s largest cities and counties for similar projects outside of education.