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Taking Charge

Taking Charge highlights six local governments in Mississippi that took advantage of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant program designed to help lower energy expenses. Through the one-time grant program, the Mississippi Development Authority was able to award funding to Mississippi cities, towns, and counties with a plan for improving their foot print

The success of projects in Lincoln and Oktibbeha counties as well as the towns of McComb, Philadelphia, Starkville, and Sumrall are documented in this MPB special. Governments in these towns and counties realized big savings, whether by taking on large-scale upgrades like installing solar panels and replacing air conditioning systems or by performing simple tasks like replacing inefficient light fixtures with new, energy efficient bulbs.

Watch how Mississippians are saving money on energy with Taking Charge, airing June 14 at 8:30 p.m., only on MPB TV.

Taking Charge looks at the following communities and their projects: 

  • McComb - Installed solar panels on buildings
  • Sumrall - Retrofit their heating, ventilation, and air condition systems, as well as windows and lighting fixtures.
  • Starkville - Reduced costs by 70% by moving to LED traffic lights.
  • Philadelphia - Saved $6,000 a year by switching to LED street lights.
  • Oktibbeha County - Retrofit their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and updated lighting to save $20,000 a year.
  • Lincoln County - Updated lighting fixtures to save $25,000 a year.
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