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City, county get stimulus funds
Feds give $300,000 energy grant
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When it comes to energy efficiency, federal officials don’t plan on leaving Dawson County in the dark.


County government facilities, as well as Dawsonville’s city hall, are set to receive a total of $313,086, for indoor lighting upgrades with LED technology.


LED lighting lasts longer, and is said to be more environmentally safe.


The funding, which has also been awarded to 63 other communities in Georgia, is a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


Communities that got the award receive dollars for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, administered by the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority.


A total of $13.3 million in EECBG funds for small- to medium-sized governments was awarded March 25, following a competitive application process. Out of 84 applicants, 64 communities received grants.


“Many local governments throughout Georgia are investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy products that will directly benefit their communities,” said Phil Foil, executive director for GEFA.


“I’m pleased to announce that the EECBG program is helping local governments save energy,” Foil said.


In April 2008, Gov. Sonny Perdue committed Georgia’s state agencies to reduce energy consumption by 15 percent. He challenged business, local governments and residents to do the same.