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Eagle Ford: Poth pursues clean energy funds
WCN CorrespondentMarch 13, 2013 | 1,852 views | 1 comment
POTH -- The city of Poth may be eligible for grant funds to aid in clean energy technology.
Lanny Sinkin, executive director of Solar San Antonio, presented a grant possibility to the Poth City Council March 5 during a special called meeting. Solar San Antonio is a nonprofit organization that serves to help the public convert power supplies to solar energy.
Recently, the State Energy Conservation Office allocated $2 million in the form of grants to aid in the installation of clean energy technologies in public institutions across Texas.
The grant will pay up to 80 percent of the cost of the project, painting an economical picture for the city. Following information received from three separate solar installation companies, the site identified as representing the greatest benefit to Poth was the water treatment plant, which creates the highest utilities expense for the city.
“That would take a significant amount off the load of your utilities,” Sinkin told the council.
The grant is not guaranteed, as the selection process is highly competitive.
“We believe we have a number of applications that are well positioned,” Sinkin said.
The city council, as part of the application process, was required to designate funds to cover the cost of 20 percent of the project, should Poth be awarded the grant. The maximum grant amount that can be spent on a facility is $250,000; 20 percent of this is $50,000. The council unanimously approved a resolution to pursue the grant, and to allocate the necessary funds.
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