The Illinois State Board of Education has released application materials for a dollar-for-dollar grant program aimed at funding energy efficiency projects in schools. The Energy Efficiency Grant program will distribute $50 million to educational facilities over the next two years. According to the Board's website, 9 million of those dollars will be doled out to schools this fall. Eligible locations include “all school districts, charter schools, vocational center or public university laboratory schools.”
Funds may be allocated for a wide range of energy efficiency efforts. Potential projects could include purchasing high-efficiency lighting or insulation, installing optimal windows and doors, or integrating alternative energy into school buildings. Schools are encouraged to pursue funding for these, as well as any other improvements or programs that aim to reduce energy demand and/or increase operational efficiency.
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