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Stimulus Funding for Georgia Convenience Stores Lighting Retrofit Project

The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) lighting retrofit fund has retrofitted more than 30 convenience store locations across the state. The group is one of four programs receiving financing from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority(GEFA) division of Energy Resources, the DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy offce said.

The GACS made lighting retrofits, including T12 to T8 interior lighting conversions, the replacement of cooler door lighting with LED lights, and the retrofitting of outdoor canopy lighting. The store locations received the energy efficiency lighting upgrades with no up-front costs to the owners. The owners pay back into the fund the estimated savings over the 18-month period after installation, GACS said.

The GEFA launched the energy efficiency program in 2009 and conducted a review of 126 grant applications that sought to encourage the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency throughout the state. The GEFA received resources from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Altogether, Georgia’s State Energy Program (SEP) has received about $82. 5 million in economic stimulus funds from the DOE. Of the total amount of SEP funding available, GEFA has so far allocated $10 million to create four competitive grant programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs including the convenience store lighting retrofit fund, the EERE said.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has contributed funding for a number of green initiatives nationwide, including energy efficiency improvements across 36 commercial, industrial, and nonprofit facilities in Minnesota expected to generate more than $3 million in permanent, ongoing energy savings every year.

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