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Portland gets $5.6 million from feds for energy efficiency upgrades November 9, 2009

Filed under: Energy Efficiency — nwrenewablenews @ 4:05 pm


Portland is getting $5.6 million in federal stimulus dollars for energy efficiency projects, the city announced today, including upgrading traffic and pedestrian signals and paying for residential energy efficiency loans.

The grant will go to:

  • Clean Energy Works Portland: $1.1 million. The money will help establish a revolving loan fund to pay for residential energy efficiency retrofits.
  • Upgrading energy efficiency in city buildings: $2.8 million. Improvements will include lighting upgrades at the Hillside, Montavilla, and Fulton community centers, window replacements at the Peninsula Park community center, a new micro-hydroelectric generator at the Portland Water Bureau’s Vernon Water Tower, and city-wide replacement of standard traffic and pedestrian crosswalk signals with high efficiency LEDs.
  • Sustainability programs: $1.4 million. Programs that will share the money include the Bureau of Transportation’s SmartTrips and Safe Routes to School programs, and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s BEST Business Center.

The remaining $300,000 will be used to analyze potential district energy systems, which provide energy for multiple buildings.

Scott Learn, The Oregonian –


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