Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Gov. Ted Strickland says the Ohio National Guard will receive more than $8.5 million in federal stimulus money to upgrade aging facilities across the state.
Strickland said Monday that the funds are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is doling out $266 million to National Guard Capital Improvement projects nationwide.
The money will help fix leaky roofs and weatherize windows and doors at 22 Ohio Guard facilities. Solar panels will be installed at three facilities to reduce energy costs.
Maj. Gen. Gregory l. Wayt, the Adjutant General, says the renewable energy projects will save the Ohio Guard about $78,000 in utility costs within the first year of operation. Wayt says solar panels will generate about 375,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
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