Orange County awarded six climate change grants totaling $478,000 including funding for solar panels (two), water heater replacements, electric vehicle charging station, tree planting and LED field lights. Recipients were public agencies or non-profits like Habitat for Humanity, OWASA, Town of Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill received $128,657 to replace 40 lights at Cedar Falls Park multi-purpose fields with LED lights. The grant, which does not cover the entire project cost, will save the town thousands in electric bills and metric tons of CO2e.
The first year grants emptied the climate change account the commissioners established by levying a quarter-cent property tax for 21.