By TESA GLASS
MT. VERNON — A $3,000 grant has been approved for the city's wastewater treatment plant, in addition to a $9,249 grant.
According to information from Randy Tucker of Environmental Management Corp., which manages the Mt. Vernon wastewater treatment plant, the $3,000 grant is from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and the other grant from Illinois Energy Now. Both grants are for energy efficiency upgrades to lighting.
Tucker said interior and exterior lighting has been replaced with the grant funds, and another grant application is in the works.
The work completed was done by Tick Tock Energy, Inc., of Effingham. The company upgraded T12 fluorescent fixtures to T8 fluorescent fixtures and replaced exterior HID lighting with LED and T5 fluorescent light fixtures.
Tucker said the lighting upgrades are expected to reduce the city's kilowatt usage resulting in savings of about $5,400 annually in electric and maintenance costs.
Tucker said he has applied for another grant program, A Sweet Deal on Energy, with those approved announced around Feb. 14. Tucker said if the next grant application is approved, more work can be completed with an additional 14 to 15 percent off the costs of each item replaced or repaired.