LA County awarded $8M grant for energy savings programs

An $8 million state grant will fund Los Angeles County programs to improve residential energy efficiency upgrades and to increase green workforce training opportunities, it was announced today.

The grant, funded through federal economic stimulus dollars, was among $12.9 million awarded to three counties through the California Energy Commission.

"We are pleased that local governments are eager to use Recovery Act funds to help their residents save money on energy costs,'' said Rick Rice, director of the California Recovery Task Force.

"These innovative and comprehensive retrofit programs will allow California to continue its global leadership in energy efficiency efforts and provide a much-needed boost to our economy,'' he said.

The combined grants will help provide energy upgrades to 10,800 single-family homes and 2,000 multi-family buildings, according to the state.

The recipients will also use the funds to partner with various community colleges, local economic development programs and building industry organizations to create or retain 2,000 clean energy jobs.