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State College Area School District, Oak Springs Farm receive $2.6 million in state grants for alternative energy projects

The State College Area School District and Oak Springs Farm in Centre Hall will receive $2.6 million in state grants for new alternative-energy projects, according to a news release from state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Benner Township.

“Both of these projects will not only produce lower energy costs, but also reduce pollution,” Corman said in the release.

The school district will see several new energy-efficient measures thanks to a $2 million grant, the release said, including “a high-efficiency water source heat pump HVAC system, a solar array, energy-efficient lighting and new low-flow water fixtures.”

Oak Springs Farm will receive $625,082 to install an anaerobic digester, the release said, which produces electricity from manure and waste. Excess power generated by the digester will be sold to the grid.

The grants were awarded as part of the Alternative and Clean Energy Program administered by the Commonwealth Financing Agency, according to the release.

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