U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu this month announced projects in Louisiana funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is investing $90 billion in energy projects nationwide — with $557 million headed for Louisiana.
A Department of Energy (DOE) report on recovery projects in Louisiana and the act's impact outlines 47 DOE projects and four clean energy tax credits and grants. DOE investments total $161.5 million for energy-efficiency projects like low-income home weatherization, local conservation and renewable energy efforts, and new technologies. The act also enables tax grants totaling $25,000 to two Louisiana solar projects, Solar Finance of Louisiana and Haber Services in Covington. Nationally, tax grants have funded enough renewable energy projects to power more than 1 million homes. The state also has received $71 million for a "transportation sector" to help limit dependence on fossil fuel.
From April 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, Louisiana has received more than $3 billion for recovery projects. — Alex Woodward