By Memphis Business Journal

The West Tennessee cities of Benton, Milan and Savannah have each been designated to receive $100,000 in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants from the state.

Since the grants were first created in 2009 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, $13.4 million in grants have been awarded to 146 Tennessee communities to implement energy efficient projects.

The grants will be used to fund the installation and replacement of energy-saving parts for water treatment plants and retrofits of lighting, HVAC systems, windows and insulation of multiple city buildings. The projects are expected to save more than $8 million per year in the communities and create a total of 149 jobs.

⿿The EECBG program helps save taxpayer money through improved energy efficiency in buildings and transportation systems, creates new jobs and reduces our overall energy consumption,⿝ Matt Kisber, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, said in a statement.

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