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Energy Office Awards $65,000 in Mini-Grants for Innovative Energy-Reducing Projects

Energy Office Mini Grant Program
Mon, 11/29/2021

Each year, the US Department of Energy awards funding to the Energy Office for several high-impact demonstration projects in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation.

This year, eight (8) projects were awarded funds totaling over $65,000 through the Energy Office Mini-Grant Program.

These highly visible demonstration projects will serve as an example to encourage awareness of emerging technologies or innovative approaches to energy efficiency, renewable energy, or clean transportation.

Among this year’s projects are four lighting projects, three transportation projects, and one renewables project. Awardees include four municipalities, two schools, one state agency, and one technical college.

This year’s awardees include:



Type of Project


Grant Amount

Beaufort County



Purchase an electric utility task vehicle (UTV) to be used by Beaufort County Solid Waste & Recycling, replacing an existing gasoline powered UTV.


City of Rock Hill

Rock Hill


Install two level 2 electric vehicle charging stations in a public parking lot, replacing existing charging stations which are no longer functioning properly.


Florence School District 3

Lake City


Replacement of approximately 200 exterior wall mounted high pressure sodium light fixtures with LED fixtures at 8 schools.


Lugoff Fire Department



Retrofit or replacement of approximately 100 fluorescent and metal halide fixtures with LED lamps and fixtures at headquarters station.


Montessori School of Columbia



Install an approximately 9.6 kW solar photovoltaic system on Learning Lab building.


Pee Dee State Farmers Market



Install two level 2 electric vehicle charging stations at the farmers market parking area.


Town of Clover



Retrofit of approximately 68 fluorescent fixtures with LED lamps at Clover Community Center.


Trident Technical College

North Charleston


Replacement of approximately 48 fluorescent fixtures with approximately 20 LED fixtures in welding lab.




Eligible applicants for the Mini-Grant Program include state agencies, local governments, public colleges/universities/technical colleges, K-12 public schools, and 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations. The maximum award value is $10,000. Cost sharing is not required, but leveraging of funds is encouraged to maximize the energy-related benefits of a project.

Mini-Grant applications are reviewed based on criteria such as the expected energy savings, ability to complete the project within the specified timeframe, and educational and/or demonstration value of the project. Additionally, clean transportation projects are evaluated based on their avoidance of consumption of petroleum products, reduction in vehicle miles traveled, compatibility with infrastructure, and expected useful life. The applications are reviewed by the Energy Office and approved by the Energy Advisory Council.

This year’s Mini-Grant projects are scheduled to be completed by May 2022.

More information on the Mini-Grant Program can be found at ENERGY.SC.GOV/Incentives/Grants.


The Energy Office, housed within the ORS, serves as the principal energy planning entity for the state. The mission of the Energy Office is to advance South Carolina’s energy strategy and policy through education and outreach. The Energy Office promotes the efficient use of all energy sources. In addition, the Energy Office encourages energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation through a broad range of initiatives that include developing the State Energy Plan, providing technical assistance, offering financial assistance, conducting education and outreach, and maintaining an energy data resource. More information is available on ENERGY.SC.GOV.