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$2.3 Million in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants Awarded

Thursday, June 21, 2012 | 08:20am

Seventeen Recipients to Receive Grants for Projects Benefiting Both the Environment and Bottom Line

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today awarded more than $2.3 million to fund energy efficiency projects for local governments and municipalities, utilities, other organizations and private entities across Tennessee.

The Clean Tennessee Energy Grants were awarded to 17 recipients for projects designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings.  Today’s announcement in Memphis marks the first time these grants have been made available.  The grant program provides financial assistance to state and local government agencies, utility districts, and private businesses/organizations in Tennessee to purchase, install and construct energy projects.  

“Increasing energy efficiency in our communities will help us become better stewards of both the environment and taxpayer dollars,” Haslam said.  “The projects announced today will benefit the state on both fronts, and I am pleased to see Tennessee companies and local governments implement innovative technology to improve efficiency.”  

Eligible categories of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program include: 

  • Cleaner Alternative Energy – biomass, geothermal, solar, wind
  • Energy Conservation – lighting, HVAC improvements, improved fuel efficiency, insulation, idling minimization
  • Air Quality Improvement – reduction in greenhouse gases, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds, oxides of nitrogen, hazardous air pollutants

Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Under the Consent Decree, Tennessee will receive $26.4 million over five years to fund clean air programs in the state (at approximately $5.25 million per year).  In addition to the $2.3 million in Clean Energy Grants announced today, $3 million was announced earlier this year for energy efficiency projects in state government.   

“Since we announced the new Clean Tennessee Energy Grants in January this year, we were pleased with the impressive roster of applicants seeking to decrease emissions, as well as reduce expenses at the local level,” said Martineau.  “We will continue to look for ways to promote environmental stewardship and energy efficiency within state government and within our communities.” 

Grant recipients were selected through a scoring process with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest need.  To learn more about the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant and future grants, please visit or contact Kathy Glapa at (615) 253-8780 or  


Recipient Organization

Grant Amount

Brief Project Description


Girls Incorporated of Oak Ridge


To renovate the currently unusable National Guard Armory building acquired by Girls Inc. Renovation plans include replacement of the roof with a reflective .060 mil Energy Star thermoplastic polyolefin roof system and R-24 insulation on both the flat and the gabled roof. These renovations will position Girls Inc. to complete the energy efficiency components of the project which includes installation of a 50 kW direct current solar array, high efficiency HVAC and lighting, and energy efficient window treatments.


Metro Water Services


To replace outdated HVAC units throughout the Omohundro Water Treatment Plant. The project will replace 13 HVAC units throughout the site that range from 16 to 20 years old, with a SEER rating of 10 or less, with new energy efficient HVAC units with SEER ratings of 16 or greater and will replace the old duct with pressure sealed duct.


Debord Family Partnership


To install an 11.73 kW solar PV project on the rooftop of the 144 West Main Street building in Historic Downtown Morristown.  The project will use aesthetic and innovative solar technology that can be installed within the design requirements of the local Historic Zoning Commission and will add to the historic building’s complete renovation.


City of Chattanooga and Moccasin Bend Wastewater


To install varying frequency drives units on the four UNOX Oxygenation Tank Mixers utilized by the Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The oxygenation tanks process water and operate at fixed speeds.  These installations will allow the motors flexibility to operate at varying speeds hence increasing efficiency by using only the power and energy necessary to meet specific demand; the projected annual savings is $325,609, and will result in a rapid payback in less than two years.


Northeast Knox Utility District Water Treatment Plant


For an upgrade and expansion project to address the age and inefficiencies within the Water Treatment Plant that result in a high air emissions impact. The project includes high efficiency pumps and motors equipped with variable frequency drives that will maximize the WTP’s pumping efficiency.


Hollow Ridge Farms


To purchase and install a geothermal heat pump system which will heat and cool a 50’ X 500’ poultry house in Flintville.  The complete installed system includes four 10 ton geothermal heat pumps and all necessary accessories.


Lenoir City Utilities


To install a 250 kW Cellulose to Hydrogen Power system, a biomass-fueled renewable energy technology, as part of the LCUB net-zero wastewater treatment project. LCUB will use woodchips from local sources as the CHyP System’s feedstock to create syngas, which will be fed into a natural gas generator to produce on-demand electricity. The CHyP System will completely offset the electricity consumption of LCUB’s wastewater treatment plant, currently at 1,536,720 kWh of electricity per year.


Maury Regional Medical Center

$ 150,000

For a LED lighting retrofit, seeking to reduce the overall energy consumed by retrofitting 16,618 4’ fluorescent bulbs and 1,189 2’ fluorescent bulbs with low-wattage LED tube lights. The hospital is currently using 5,308,957 KWh annually with their current lighting; after the project their annual use will be reduced to 3,034,678 KWh, representing a 43 percent savings in energy consumption.


Calfee River Farms


To install a domestically manufactured 49.92 kWp roof level solar PV system with multiple environmentally beneficial design integrations, power production and energy savings in the town of Calhoun.


City of Athens


To construct three grid-tied solar power-producing systems and one small office system. The three solar systems combined will produce 137,117 kWh in clean energy each year, which will be sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority. Power sales are expected to produce nearly $30,000 per year in income. The city will use this income as earmarked funds for future energy savings initiatives in Athens.


Campbell Crossing, LLC

$ 250,000

To implement an E3 Next Generation Energy Management Service to reduce peak loading and energy use at 623 homes located in Montgomery County.  Key components of the service will include smart load control devices and an internet-based centralized external energy management center.


Sevier Solid Waste, Inc.


To install an innovative, renewable, and highly efficient waste-to-energy bioenergy technology called the Cellulose to Hydrogen Power, or CHyP System. Turning a waste product into an asset by annually utilizing 2,750 tons of compost created by SSWI’s rotary drum reactor as the biomass feedstock, the CHyP system then produces a syngas to power natural gas generators to produce clean energy onsite.


Greene Turbine, LLC


To commercialize the facility’s unique, patent-pending hydrokinetic technology to harness hydrokinetic power from underwater turbines in the Mississippi River so that the power can be delivered into the Tennessee electrical grid.


City of Kingsport


To purchase two Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicles along with the purchase and installation of two EV charging stations and promotion of an EV/alternative fuels public campaign.


City of Covington


To enact a Waste Biomass Gasification to Energy Project that will create electricity and utilize the city’s wood waste and biosolids as fuel. The complete system will use landfill-bound waste to provide a continuous stream of domestically produced energy that is clean, carbon neutral and renewable; it will convert approximately 12 tons per day of the wood and sludge waste collected by the city into electricity.


City of Johnson City


For a wastewater treatment plant aeration system project. The aeration system is a major user of electricity at the wastewater treatment plant, and the funds will be used to replace aeration system diffusers, provide a variable frequency drive on one blower, provide dissolved oxygen based controls, and replace all existing metal halide area lighting fixtures at the plant with LED lighting fixtures.


City of Brentwood


To implement an energy-saving and emissions-reducing project at the Brentwood Public Library.  The project consists of replacing two 14-year-old, inefficient boilers that require a high volume of combustion air to be delivered to the boiler room.  The project will result in emissions reductions, including annually reducing CO2 by 71.2 tons, NOx by 28 pounds and SO2 by 60 pounds. Over the expected minimum 15-year lifetime of the new equipment, long-term cost savings are estimated to be $225,605, reflecting long term energy savings of 17.6 million cubic feet of natural gas and 13,140 kWh of electricity.







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