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ARC Announces Winners of Second Round of Renewable-Energy and Energy-Efficiency Grant Competition

December 2008


WASHINGTON, December 8, 2008—The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has announced the winners of the second round of its grant competition to assist Appalachian communities in leveraging renewable-energy and energy-efficiency resources to revitalize their economies. Grants totaling $546,000 were awarded to nine winners from six Appalachian states for projects promoting renewable energy production, energy-efficient facilities, and energy-related training and certification programs.

Grants were awarded to:

  • The Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, to establish an energy business revolving loan fund that will support graduates of a new energy business "boot camp" providing intensive performance-based entrepreneurial training and mentoring.
  • The Mountain Valley Resource Conservation and Development Area (North Carolina), to help install wind turbines at Madison County Public School sites and at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Service.
  • The Hocking College Energy Institute (Ohio), to support courses and business assistance promoting wind and solar energy development, biofuels production, fuel cell development, and LEED building design and certification.
  • The Juniata Valley School District (Pennsylvania), to install energy efficiency equipment as part of a high school renovation program and energy efficiency curriculum in its K–12 schools.
  • Cleveland State Community College (Tennessee), to expand an existing energy efficiency training and education program.
  • The Appalachian Sustainable Energy and Agriculture Project (Tennessee), to install passive solar greenhouses on a closed county landfill and provide training and technical support to local agriculture enterprises.
  • The City of Kingsport (Tennessee), to develop a new LEED-certified education facility, which will incorporate a range of green architecture and energy-efficient technologies.
  • The West Virginia Division of Energy, to hold a series of energy efficiency training workshops in seven counties targeting building professionals, including contractors, home builders, building code officials, local government officials, architects, realtors, and other interested parties.
  • The Natural Capital Investment Fund (West Virginia), to provide loan capital, training, and technical assistance for energy-efficiency upgrades and renewable-energy businesses.
More information about ARC's energy regional initiative is available on the ARC Web site at