The Indiana Office of Energy Development has announced recipients of more than $550,000 for energy-saving projects throughout the state. The Community Conservation Challenge grant winners include six organizations and institutions.
The funds will support efforts that reduce energy consumption or displace the use of traditional energy sources.
The projects are:
City of Fort Wayne City Utilities – $100,000 – Updates to the Three Rivers Filtration Plant’s lab building, which the city says will lead to a 53 percent reduction in cooling requirements and a 60 percent reduction in total energy consumption.
DePauw University – $62,523 – Plans include new LED lighting at the Neal Fieldhouse and installing real-time energy usage technology at the campus and Greencastle School Corp. schools.
Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light – $100,000 – Install solar arrays at All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, St. Peters United Church of Christ in Carmel, Eastgate Christian Church in Indianapolis and Neighborhood Fellowship Church in Indianapolis.
Lake Court House Foundation Inc. – $100,000 – Overhaul heating and cooling systems to help with damage and deterioration to collections in historic buildings caused by temperature changes. The organization says the project could save more than $25,000 in energy costs each year.
Tri-Creek School Corp. – $100,000 – Add 205 solar panels to cover 86 percent of a new transportation center’s energy usage. The work work could save over $16,000 annually.
University of Evansville – $90,580 – Install solar, photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Carver Community Organization’s Neighborhood Center and convert more than 1,000 florescent light bulbs to LED lighting in an attempt to save more than $14,500 a year.
Indiana Chief Energy Officer Tristan Vance says "we were very pleased with the response to this year’s CCC grant program. This competitive grant program recognizes and encourages collaborative conservation efforts for energy consumption. These projects are innovative and creative, and they will provide tangible energy savings for Hoosiers."