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TVA Awards Over $3 Million to Help Make Schools Safer, More Energy Efficient

Republished News Release, Orginal Source: TVA

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority announced that 106 schools across its Southeast region will have more money back into their budgets and cleaner air thanks to over $3 million in grants for energy and learning environment upgrades. These grants are awarded as part of TVA’s nationally recognized School Uplift program – which has saved participating schools an average of 10% on their energy bills annually through behavioral changes alone. When combined with energy savings from grant-funded upgrades, this year’s participants will save an estimated 9 GWh of energy or the amount of electricity used by 1,241 homes in one year.

Thursday’s live online announcement was attended by thousands of students and administrators who were eager to learn their school’s grant amount. The grants ranged from $10,000 to $400,000 and were awarded on the score each school achieved by cutting their energy waste, engaging their school community, and a needs-based assessment that determined which school buildings could achieve the greatest energy savings.

“TVA and our 153 local power company partners have worked to make a positive impact on the communities we serve, and we are especially proud of the impact of our School Uplift program since children are our most important asset,” said Monika Beckner, vice president, TVA Energy Services and Programs. “Reducing energy costs makes more dollars available for educational purposes and improving the quality of the learning environment for both students and teachers helps give every child the opportunity to succeed.”

 In 2021, TVA launched the School Uplift program to invest in students’ futures by offering energy efficiency training and grants that not only reduce energy costs but improve the quality of the learning environment. To date, TVA has invested $7.87 million and Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative has invested $2.4 million to help 225 schools save on their energy bills. In March, TVA’s School Uplift program was named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, the highest level of EPA recognition for partners that excel at energy management and meet various criteria, such as demonstrating best practices and organization-wide energy savings.  

The 2024-2025 School Uplift program will kick off this summer with up to 120 new schools enrolled and, on their way, to saving energy and helping students across the Valley thrive. 

School Uplift is one of many TVA programs focused on improving outcomes for students in the region.  Since 2018, TVA with support of its partners, has provided nearly $6.5 million in education grants supporting over 600,000 students develop STEM skills and promoted financial skills by managing one of the largest student investment programs in the nation.   

Learn more about TVA’s School Uplift program here.

Editor’s Note: The State of Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative partnered with TVA and has invested over $2.5 million in School Uplift grant winners to support Tennessee schools. Below is the list of winning schools and grant amounts. Contact your school’s principal for a quote and more information about the program.

School Amount City State Local Power Company 
BARKLEY BRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Hartselle AL Hartselle Utilities 
HARTSELLE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Hartselle AL Hartselle Utilities 
HAZEL GREEN HIGH SCHOOL $210,000 Hazel Green AL Huntsville Utilities 
HOLLYWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Hollywood AL North Alabama Electric Coop (NAEC) 
SCOTTSBORO JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL $210,000 Scottsboro AL Scottsboro Electric Power Board 
NEW HOPE MIDDLE SCHOOL $25,000 Dalton GA North Georgia Electric Municipal Cooperative 
BENTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $25,000 Benton KY Benton Electric System 
TODD COUNTY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Elkton KY Pennyrile Electric 
SOUTH TODD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Guthrie KY Pennyrile Electric 
FULTON COUNTY ELEMENTARY MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 Hickman KY Hickman Electric System 
GRAVES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Mayfield KY Mayfield Electric & Water Systems 
BUTLER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Morgantown KY Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation 
NORTH CALLOWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $210,000 Murray KY West Kentucky Rural Electric Coop 
CHANDLER’S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $25,000 Russellville KY Pennyrille Electric 
ITAWAMBA ATTENDANCE CENTER $10,000 Fulton MS Tombigbee Electric Power Association 
FAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Louisville MS East Mississippi Electric Power Association 
LOUISVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Louisville MS Louisville Utilities 
NANIH WAIYA SCHOOL $10,000 Louisville MS East Mississippi Electric Power Association 
WINSTON-LOUISVILLE CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER $10,000 Louisville MS Louisville Utilities 
NOXAPATER ATTENDANCE CENTER $10,000 Noxapater MS East Mississippi Electric Power Association 
SALTILLO PRIMARY SCHOOL  $10,000 Saltillo MS Tombigbee Electric Power Association 
CHUCKEY DOAK MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 Afton TN Greeneville Energy Authority 
WHITE PLAINS ACADEMY $10,000 Algood TN Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation 
ANTIOCH MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 Antioch TN Nashville Electric Service (NES) 
COLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $25,000 Antioch TN Nashville Electric Service (NES) 
UPPERMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 Baxter TN Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation 
BRIGHTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $25,000 Brighton TN Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corp 
ANDERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Bristol TN Bristol Tennessee Essential Services 
TENNESSEE MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 Bristol TN Bristol Tennessee Essential Services 
CAMDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $25,000 Camden TN Benton County Electric 
DEFEATED CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Carthage TN Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation 
CELINA K-8 $10,000 Celina TN Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation 
CHUCKEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Chuckey TN Greeneville Energy Authority 
CLARKRANGE HIGH SCHOOL $410,000 Clarkrange TN Volunteer Energy Cooperative 
CANDY’S CREEK CHEROKEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Cleveland TN Cleveland Utilities 
JERE WHITSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Cookeville TN Cookeville Electric 
SEQUATCHIE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Dunlap TN Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative 
FINLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Finley TN Dyersburg Electric System 
UNION GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $25,000 Friendsville TN Fort Loudon Electric 
LIBERTY CREEK HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Gallatin TN Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation 
GORDONSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Gordonsville TN Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation 
GLENWOOD EDUCATIONAL CENTER  $10,000 Greeneville TN Greeneville Energy Authority 
TUSCULUM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Greeneville TN Greeneville Energy Authority 
MIDTOWN EDUCATION CENTER  $10,000 Harriman TN Rockwood Electric Utility 
EAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Humboldt TN Humboldt Utilities 
HUMBOLDT JR SR HIGH SCHOOL $410,000 Humboldt TN Humboldt Utilities 
STIGALL PRIMARY SCHOOL $10,000 Humboldt TN Humboldt Utilities 
ALEXANDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Jackson TN Jackson Energy Authority 
ROSE HILL SCHOOL $10,000 Jackson TN Jackson Energy Authority 
YORK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Jamestown TN Volunteer Energy Cooperative 
SOUTH SIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $25,000 Johnson City TN BrightRidge  
CHEROKEE MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 Kingston TN Rockwood Electric Utility 
MIDWAY HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Kingston TN Volunteer Energy Cooperative 
DOGWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Knoxville TN Knoxville Utility Board (KUB) 
HALLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Knoxville TN Knoxville Utility Board (KUB) 
NORTHSHORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Knoxville TN Knoxville Utility Board (KUB) 
LEXINGTON HIGH SCHOOL $25,000 Lexington TN Lexington Electric System 
HILHAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Livingston TN Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation 
RICHLAND HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Lynnville TN Pulaski Electric 
MARTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 Martin TN Weakley County Municipal Electric System (WCMES) 
MONTVALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Maryville TN Alcoa Electric Department 
WARREN COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 McMinnville TN McMinnville Electric Service 
AMERICAN WAY MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 Memphis TN Memphis Light, Gas and Water  
AURORA COLLEGIATE ACADEMY $10,000 Memphis TN Memphis Light, Gas and Water  
CROSSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Memphis TN Memphis Light, Gas and Water  
FAIRLEY HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Memphis TN Memphis Light, Gas and Water 
G W CARVER COLLEGE AND CAREER ACADEMY $10,000 Memphis TN Memphis Light, Gas and Water 
GARDENVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Memphis TN Memphis Light, Gas and Water 
HILLCREST HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Memphis TN Memphis Light, Gas and Water 
MEMPHIS STEM BUSINESS ACADEMY $10,000 Memphis TN Memphis Light, Gas and Water 
NORRIS ACHIEVEMENT ACADEMY (DBA AIRWAYS) $10,000 Memphis TN Memphis Light, Gas and Water 
SCENIC HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Memphis TN Memphis Light, Gas and Water 
STAR ACADEMY $10,000 Memphis TN Memphis Light, Gas and Water 
WOODDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 Memphis TN Memphis Light, Gas and Water 
MICHIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $25,000 Michie TN Pickwick Electric Coop 
MINOR HILL SCHOOL $10,000 Minor Hill TN Pulaski Electric 
BURKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Monterey TN Volunteer Energy Cooperative 
WEST GREENE HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Mosheim TN Greeneville Energy Authority 
WEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Mt. Juliet TN Middle Tennessee Electric  
BRADLEY ACADEMY $10,000 Murfreesboro TN Middle Tennessee Electric  
HOLLOWAY HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Murfreesboro TN Middle Tennessee Electric  
CROFT MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 Nashville TN Nashville Electric Service (NES) 
HARPETH VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Nashville TN Nashville Electric Service (NES) 
HEAD MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL $10,000 Nashville TN Nashville Electric Service (NES) 
HUME-FOGG HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Nashville TN Nashville Electric Service (NES) 
JONES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Nashville TN Nashville Electric Service (NES) 
NORTHVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 Newbern TN Newbern Electric, Water and Gas  
ONEIDA MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 Oneida TN Plateau Electric Cooperative 
HERMITAGE SPRINGS SCHOOL $10,000 Red Boiling Springs TN Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation 
RICKMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Rickman TN Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation 
RIDGEVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Rockwood TN Rockwood Electric Utility 
RUTLEDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Rutledge  TN Appalachian Electric Coop 
HANCOCK COUNTY EARLY LEARNING CENTER $10,000 Sneedville TN Powell Valley Electric 
SOUTH FULTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 South Fulton TN Weakley County Municipal Electric System (WCMES) 
SOUTH FULTON MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 South Fulton TN Weakley County Municipal Electric System (WCMES) 
NORTHFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $10,000 Sparta TN Caney Fork Electric 
WHITE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL $10,000 Sparta TN Sparta Electric & Public Works 

About TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.

TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.


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