Energy Efficient Schools Initiative - Grants (Tennessee)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Tennessee

Name Energy Efficient Schools Initiative - Grants
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Schools, (K-12)
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Central Air conditioners, Chillers, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Motor VFDs, Motors, Programmable Thermostats, Geothermal Heat Pumps
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Varies by technology

Start Date 2008-07-01

Maximum Incentive Varies by school district

Program Budget $4,109,428 for FY2013

Program Administrator Energy Efficient Schools Initiative

References DSIRE[1]


The Energy Efficient Schools Initiative was created in May 2008 to provide grants and loans to Tennessee school systems for capital outlay projects that meet energy efficient design and technology guidelines for school facilities. Schools should apply for a pre installation visit and equipment commissioning, then invoice for grant payment as they receive vendor and contractor bills. All school systems in Tennessee are eligible to apply. Possible projects include lighting upgrades, HVAC upgrades, and other projects that meet pre-determined energy use objectives.

State government appropriated the original funding ($90 million) with a onetime transfer from the Lottery for Education Account reserve and Lottery for Education special reserve account for K-12 capital outlay. Additional money to the fund comes from interest earnings and other funds secured by the Energy Efficient Schools Council. The Council is administratively part of the Department of Education.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name EESI Program Administrator
Department Energy Efficient Schools Initiative
Address 710 James Robertson Parkway
Address 2 12th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
Place Nashville, Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code 37243
Phone (615) 532-8273


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-17-101 et seq.
Date Effective 2008-07-01
Date Enacted 2008-05-20
Expiration Date 2010-06-30

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"