Stimulus funds totaling $107,216 have been allocated to Pleasanton for use in improving energy efficiency and creating jobs locally.
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) said these initial funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are being allocated by the Department of Energy to help communities improve their energy efficiency and create jobs locally. Once the city develops an energy efficiency and conservation strategy, it will then be eligible for an additional $585,484 to implement the strategy.
"The funds that have already been awarded to the city of Pleasanton and the more substantial funding package that may follow will allow us to bolster renewable energy programs that are both under way and in the planning stages," said City Manager Nelson Fialho. "This is consistent with the goal of the mayor and the City Council toward making Pleasanton to become a more sustainable city."
Pending the full award, Pleasanton will use the funds to develop a Climate Action Plan to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gases, create an energy office to sustain long term energy efficiency, create a finance district to support resident and small business energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations and to develop an energy-efficient retrofit and rebate program for residents and businesses as well as an enhanced water conservation program.
McNerney, who lives in Pleasanton, added: "I'm thrilled that Pleasanton is going to receive money for clean energy projects. These are the kind of innovative steps we need to develop a strong local economy that is leading the way with clean energy technology."