Isles will get $15 million for green projects


POSTED: Friday, March 27, 2009

Hawaii is set to receive $15 million in federal stimulus funds for energy-efficiency and conservation projects statewide, members of the congressional delegation announced yesterday.

The funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are in addition to $30 million announced earlier this month for state energy and weatherproofing programs.

Of the new funds, $9.6 million is earmarked for the Hawaii State Energy Office.

The rest is divided among the counties, with Honolulu receiving $3.9 million; the Big Island, $738,000; Kauai, $268,000; and Maui, $605,000.

“;Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants give local government maximum flexibility to fund the kind of projects that make sense for each location and the available resources,”; U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie said in a news release.