Richmond Elementary School Awarded $651K to support clean energy projects

HARRISBURG, July 14 – State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., and state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today that Richmond Elementary School has been awarded a grant of $651,868 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program to construct a two-story LEED certified addition to the school.

“This grant will help Richmond Elementary school stand as an example to others of how our schools can be energy efficient when they have the resources they need,” Hohenstein said. “Our students and teachers deserve to work in buildings that are up-to-date, and I believe this will have a positive impact for everyone. Our children need to know that we are willing to invest in them and their future and providing them state-of-the-art facilities is one of the best ways to show them we care.”

“Philadelphia lawmakers have been relentless in advocating for improvements to our school facilities and this grant is the kind of good news that fuels that effort,” Farnese added. “Fighting for equality for our kids is the most important thing we can do.”

Richmond Elementary School plans to include LED lighting, low-flow plumbing, water and energy meters, CO2 censors, and water bottle filling stations in the addition.

The CFA’s High Performance Building Program provides financial assistance in the form of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high-performance buildings in the state. The program is managed within the DCED Office of Business Financing.