US territories receive $5M in federal funds for green projects

Washington— The U.S. Department of the Interior today announced $5 million in fiscal year 2019 funding under the Energizing Insular Communities program to support a variety of energy retrofitting and efficiency projects that are estimated to provide thousands in savings for the residents of the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“We appreciate that Congress has provided these funds to support energy projects in the U.S. insular areas,” Interior Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech said. “The cost of fuel in the islands is extremely high and so opportunities to provide efficiencies and diversify sources of energy is important.”

The Energizing Insular Communities grant program provides funding for energy strategies that reduce the cost of electricity and reduce the cost of energy to consumers. Funds under this program are appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress.

The EIC grants are broken down as follow:

Guam Power Authority - $1,729,815

  • $620,428 to install solar panels on three parking lot canopies at the Guam Power Authority. The solar arrays will be tied to the grid and help off-set the cost of day-to-day operations. The panels are estimated to produce 93,072 kilowatt hours per year, which represents four percent of GPA’s annual energy consumption, and roughly $36,000 in annual savings.

  • $586,771 to fund the Bringing Energy Savings To (BEST) schools program for an LED lighting retrofit at the Agueda I. Johnston Middle School. The BEST program is a collaborative effort between the Guam Power Authority and the Guam Department of Education to find ways to reduce costs of energy consumption at Guam’s public schools. Once the retrofit is completed, Johnston Middle School is expected to realize an annual savings of $49,763 in utility costs.

  • $522,616 to fund a BEST schools program LED lighting retrofit at the Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School which is expected to contribute to $38,946 in annual savings for the school.

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