On October 20, 2023, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey awarded $2 million in State Energy Program funding to local governments, schools, non-profit organizations, and others for implementing building energy efficiency improvements that also result in cost reductions. The funding is administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) Energy Division, and eligible uses of the grant funding include replacing outdated heating, cooling, and lighting systems with modern, energy-efficient, and cost-effective equipment. The grant recipients and their respective projects include building automation system installations, LED lighting installations, solar panel system installations, and heating and air-conditioning system enhancements in various public facilities across Alabama, ranging from water systems to educational institutions, churches, and community service centers.
Using annual U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) State Energy Program appropriations, the Energy Division under the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers a wide range of programs that support energy conservation for incorporated units of local government (municipalities and counties), public and private K-12 school systems, public and private institutes of higher education, for-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, commercial businesses, and utilities across the state. A press release with details about the awarded grantees can be found here. More information on the State Energy Program and energy efficiency programs through ADECA can be found here.