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     CITY RECEIVES NEARLY $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL            

                         STIMULUS ENERGY GRANTS

 

Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that the City & County of Honolulu has been awarded a total of $3,863,700 in a new US Department of Energy Program, the Energy and Efficiency Conservation Block Grant.  The program is part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

“The 21st Century Ahupuaa initiative is a major priority of my administration, and I’m pleased that the City has been awarded nearly $4 million federal dollars to help us continue our energy conservation and efficiency efforts,” said Mayor Hannemann.  “We’ll be able to use these funds for a number of projects that we already have lined up as part of our continuing commitment to environmental stewardship, reducing our carbon footprint and lowering our energy costs.” 

Mayor Hannemann and the US Conference of Mayors were instrumental in helping to establish the Energy and Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program as part of the federal economic recovery and stimulus package. 

“As mayors, we were intimately familiar with the very successful Community Development Block Grant program, and were able to convince Washington that the same formula could be equally applied to the field of renewable and sustainable energy projects for the nation’s cities,” Hannemann said. 

The following projects were included in the City’s Energy Department award:

·       Neal Blaisdell Center (NBC) $600,000, for Exhibition Hall Air Conditioning System Improvements,

·       NBC, 200,000, for Air Conditioning System Improvements in the Administration Offices and Meeting Rooms,

·       NBC, $400,000, for Parking Structure lighting retrofits

·       Kalihi-Palama Bus Maintenance facility, $450,000 for lighting retrofits,

·       Kalihi-Palama Bus Administration building, $90,000, for lighting retrofits,

·       Kalihi-Palama Bus Maintenance facility, 600,000 for photovoltaic system installation,

·       Kapolei Hale, $223,700, for lighting retrofits,

·       Pearl City Bus Maintenance facility, $1,300,000 for photovoltaic system installation

 

“These projects will help retain jobs in these challenging economic times,” Hannemann said.  “And when completed, the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu will realize tremendous cost and energy savings.”