Brightening Ohio Communities Grant Awarded

City of Kenton Awarded $345,750 in Grants to Improve Energy Efficiency Throughout Community

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – City of Kenton is one of 10 Ohio communities slated to receive a portion of $3.1 million in grants to support energy efficiency upgrades aimed at providing long-term cost and energy savings.

The funding comes from the Brightening Ohio Communities grant program. Administered by the Ohio Department of Development, the program will help lower-income communities pay for energy-efficient streetlights, perimeter lighting, and lighting in municipal-owned parking lots.

"The grants we're announcing today will empower these communities to make impactful, long-term investments in themselves and their residents,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “By doing something as simple as replacing old streetlights, we're helping free up resources that can be redirected to vital community services like education and public safety."

Innovative lighting technologies, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs), use much less energy, produce less heat, and have a longer lifespan than incandescent lighting, leading to a more cost-effective solution for communities looking to save money on their energy bills.

In total, $3,130,030 will be awarded to 10 communities across 11 counties to replace old and inefficient lighting with energy-efficient technologies such as LEDs, solar, and motion sensor lighting.

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to community development, and that is why collaboration with our local partners is so crucial to the success of projects like these,” said Director Mihalik. “The voices of our communities told us what they needed, we listened, and now they’re all one step closer to a brighter future.”

Funding for the Brightening Ohio Communities program came from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. Ohio was one of eight states awarded funding Oct. 12, 2023 as part of the EECBG's first round. 

Today’s award will support the City of Kenton with the upgrades to the street lighting in the downtown business district.   Current plans are to replace the existing street lights with a combination of pedestrian and roadway LED fixtures. 

“We are thrilled to be chosen to receive this grant and so thankful to the Department of Development” said Mayor Lynn Webb.  The timing of this grant was perfect to help us with the revitalization of our downtown business district.  

All projects selected for funding must show an annual reduction of at least 15 percent in energy usage, ensuring a tangible and measurable impact on their communities.