DEDI supports many energy activities across the Commonwealth that touch our schools, homes, businesses, communities and government facilities. These activities are having a positive impact and are helping Kentuckians better manage their energy use while improving their environment. Click on the links below to read detailed highlights of many of DEDI’s current activities:
School Energy Managers Project (SEMP)
– In April 2013 the Kentucky School Boards Association was awarded $772,000 over 2.5 years to support the SEMP in school districts in and adjacent to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) service counties. Based on actual progress of the program to date, the project expects to produce $2.4 million in annual energy cost avoidance by Fiscal Year 2016.
Integrated Live Energy Management
– Fayette County Public Schools was awarded $335,000 in April 2013 to support completion of the integrated live energy metering project. The project comprises live energy monitoring equipment, live data analysis software, and a district-wide public-facing energy and sustainability education portal. The completed project will save more than $1.1 million a year in energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 11,000 tons per year.
Bowling Green Independent Schools Solar
- In April 2013 Bowling Green Independent Schools was awarded $34,000 to purchase and install a solar thermal domestic hot water system for the school kitchen as well as a solar photovoltaic system to offset a portion of the total building energy. In addition to saving more than 140 mbtu/year of fossil fuel heating, the systems will be incorporated into the school‘s science curriculum as teaching tools.
5 Mega Watt (MW) Solar PV Project
– In April 2013 Pennyrile RECC was awarded $3.1 million to support construction of a 5 MW solar photo-voltaic project at Fort Campbell in Christian County. The grant is leveraged with more than $15 million in financing support from Fort Campbell. The completed system will generate more than 6,651 mWh/year of electricity, enough to power 463 homes, while avoiding 4.7 million tons per year of CO2 emission.
Energy from Hatchery Waste
- Perdue Farms was awarded $145,000 in April 2013 to support a project to divert poultry waste from the landfill to an anaerobic digestion and generator system. The result of the project will be the removal of 1,500 tons per year of organic waste from the county landfill and the subsequent generation of 620 mWh/ year of electricity. Egg shell solids separated from the organic waste will provide additional beneficial uses currently lost to the landfill.
West Kentucky Bio-Energy Demonstration Center
– Murray State University (MSU) was awarded $309,000 in March 2013 to install, test and demonstrate a biomass heating system at the MSU Equine Center. The Bio Burner Units will offset fossil fuel energy with renewable energy at a rate of 40 mWh per year of electricity. One of the units will be portable in order to demonstrate a biomass-to-energy model to area farmers, industry and others.
Mechanical Systems Upgrade
- In April 2013 Lord Corporation, manufacturer of adhesive, coating and motion management technologies, was awarded $504,000 to facilitate improvements to the site‘s chilled water and boiler plants. Savings achieved from the project comprise more than 1,256 mWh/year of electricity and more than 113,000 therms/year of natural gas. Lord is leveraging the grant dollar-for-dollar.
Energy-Efficient Modular Buildings
– Southern Tier Housing Corporation was awarded $504,000 in May 2013 to support energy modeling and design research to develop more cost-effective and energy-efficient Houseboats to Energy Efficient Residences (HBEER) factory-built structures. The project will include construction of four new energy-efficient, factory-built structures, equipped with photovoltaic generation systems to be installed in the Kentucky TVA service area.
Kentucky Home Performance
- Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) was awarded $3 million in April 2013 to support the ongoing Kentucky Home Performance Program. The grant will fund three years of program operations during which at least 611 additional energy efficient units will be completed. The program will focus primarily on owner-occupied, single-family energy efficiency retrofit loans ranging from $1,000-$25,000 per home. Using $500,000 of remaining American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds DEDI worked with KHC to establish a low-interest revolving loan fund.
How$martKY Program with On-Bill Financing
- Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) was awarded $300,000 in April 2013 to support the On-Bill Financing Residential Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program. Under the grant funding, the program will perform 150 energy-efficient retrofits in area residences. The retrofits will save approximately 825 mWh/year of electricity representing more than $90,000 a year of savings on participating customers‘ utility bills.
Farm Energy Efficiency and Production
– In March 2013 the Governor‘s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) was awarded $750,000 to support the Kentucky On-Farm Efficiency and Production project. This is a statewide loan program that offers farmers up to $15,000 to adopt new technologies, renovate existing facilities, produce energy related crops and invest in other energy-efficient measures. If sufficient qualified applications are submitted, GOAP will invest half of the program loan funds in TVA service area counties.
Outdoor Lighting Energy Efficiency
- In April 2013 Hickman-Fulton Counties (HFC) RECC was awarded $316,000 to support a project to replace inefficient outdoor lighting fixtures with energy-efficient, long-life bulbs. The project will save more than 600 mWh/year of electricity and reduce CO2 emission by more than 440 tons per year. The project is leveraged dollar-for-dollar by HFCRECC.
EE for Local Governments
- In April 2013 the Department for Local Government was awarded $1.2 million to support continuation of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The EECBG program provides grants to local governments for programs that reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and utility costs for local governments. The remaining funding from ARRA was also used to establish a low-interest revolving loan fund for the EECBG program.