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July 22, 2010
Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, Sr., City officials, and DOE representatives at Monday's groundbreaking.
While Summer Heats Up, Birmingham Community Centers Cool Down

Grant funds help Birmingham cool seven community centers without running up their energy bills.

July 19, 2010
Low emissivity, double pane, fiberglass windows in Newark, Deleware's municipal building. | Photo courtesy of Carol Houck
Low E Brings High Savings in Newark, Delaware

Newark, Delaware used an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to install energy efficient windows and lights.

July 19, 2010
An aerial shot of Oro Valley, Ariz.'s town hall campus shows proposed solar locations. | Photo courtesy of Oro Valley
Energy Upgrades to Save Small Arizona Town Big Money

Temperatures above 100 degrees mean that staying cool and being energy efficient is important to the small town of Oro Valley, Ariz. But finding the funds to do both can be a challenge. It was this heat – and the availability of a federal grant – that Bayer Vella, the town's conservation and sustainability manager, cited as a reason the city is forging ahead with energy retrofits and solar projects.

July 19, 2010
North Community Police Substation upgraded its solar energy system with the help of Recovery Act funds. The city’s electric bill will be about $5,000 cheaper. | Courtesy of the City of Henderson
Police Station Triples Solar Power – and Savings

The Henderson, Nevada, police department is going above and beyond the call of duty by tripling the size of its solar panel system on its LEED-certified station, saving the city thousands of dollars in energy costs.

July 15, 2010
Brightening South Carolina's State Capitol

Two years ago, the city of Columbia drafted a proposal to revamp lighting in some of the city's most used and important buildings. Those projects were put on hold, but found new life thanks to an energy grant.

July 14, 2010
Hammond, La., airport is replacing the existing incandescent taxiway lights (pictured) with LEDs. | Photo courtesy of Hammond Northshore Regional Airport
LEDs Ready for Takeoff at Louisiana Airport

About 250 lights along the busy taxiway at Hammond Northshore Regional Airport are being replaced with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with funds from an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) from the U.S. Department of Energy.

July 13, 2010
The high service pumps at the St. Peters Water Treatment Plant are almost 30 years old and will be replaced with premium efficiency motors. | Photo courtesy of Russ Batzel
Missouri Water Treatment Plant Upgraded

The city of St. Peters, Missouri obtains its water from one of the best known rivers. Eight pumps from underground wells in the Mississippi River floodplain send water to a lime-softening water treatment plant where it is prepared for drinking water purposes. But because the demand for clean water exists at all times, the plant consumes noticeably large amounts of money and energy.

July 6, 2010
Tom Bos is one of nine employees hired at wind turbine blade manufacturer Energetx Composites from the first class of students to graduate from Grand Rapids Community College's composites technician course. | Photo courtesy Energetx
Michigan Wind Maufacturer Teams with College on Training

After graduating from a four-week community college course in composites training, Tom Bos landed a job at Energetx Composites, a Holland, Michigan-based wind turbine blade manufacturer.

June 28, 2010
Playing Around with Lighting Efficiency

California town uses grant to make required upgrades that will also save money in the long run.

June 28, 2010
Kids attending Rancho Cucamonga's Earth Day celebration volunteer their answers at an educational program. | Photo courtesy of Joshua Torres, city of Rancho Cucamonga
Better Buildings and Sustained Coordination

Rancho Cucamonga, a city of about 177,000 east of Los Angeles, was awarded $1.6 million to launch several energy efficiency programs focusing on building energy efficiency, job retention and sustainability education.