Stimulus Funding in Georgia Used to Support Lighting Retrofit Projects at Convenience Stores throughout the State
The state of Georgia received $82,495,000 in economic stimulus funds for the State Energy Program (SEP). The funding was allocated to the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) division of Energy Resources to encourage the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency throughout the state. Of the total amount of SEP funding available, GEFA allocated $10 million to create four competitive grant programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. One of GEFA's grant recipients, Outlaw Consulting, created a lighting retrofit fund to implement lighting retrofits on convenience stores. Since its inception, the fund has retrofit over 30 convenience store locations, including interior lighting (generally T12 to T8 conversions), cooler door lighting (generally with light-emitting diode or LED lights), and outdoor canopy lighting. The stores were retrofit with no up-front costs to the owners. Rather, the owners pay back into the fund the estimated savings that occurs over the 18-month period after installation. Not only has the Outlaw Consulting Lighting Retrofit fund resulted in significant savings in energy from the projects themselves, but the fund was the catalyst for the development of this new lighting solution that will continue to evolve in the future. Read more on this story via CSP Daily News.