New energy-efficiency grants available to Indiana commercial, industrial firms

The state is doling out $2 million in energy-efficiency grants for commercial and industrial businesses.

Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power, or CHIP, grants will range from $50,000 to $400,000. Eligible technologies include sensor-controlled
lighting, chillers, furnaces and energy-management controls.

To be eligible, a business must have facilities of at least 30,000 square feet and annual energy costs in excess of $30,000.
Larger industrial users must have minimum energy expenditures of $100,000.

Applications may be filed through July 16. See www.Energy.IN.gov.

The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, via the Indiana Office of Energy Development.

“Our biggest energy consumers are in the commercial/industrial sector,” said Brandon Seitz, director of the OED.

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