RIVERSIDE – Nearly two-dozen projects to enhance energy efficiency at Riverside County facilities will be funded with federal stimulus dollars, it was announced today.
The U.S. Department of Energy has approved $6.5 million in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds for the county to install renewable energy systems in a number of older buildings, according to county Economic Development Agency spokesman Tom Freeman.
He said the federal taxpayer dollars will pay for 22 projects authorized by the Board of Supervisors.
”The county projects saving some $400,000 per year in energy cost reductions, as well as helping the county meet state environmental regulations,” Freeman said. ”Some $1.2 million in savings to the county general fund are generated by the grant funding.” He said the stimulus funds are expected to create 71 full-time jobs locally.