McAuliffe announces millions for 'green' overhaul in Russell Co. Schools

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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday an $5.6 million allocation to Russell County Schools from the state's Green Community Program to retro-fit aging heating and lighting systems.

The bonds used will allow 16 buildings across the system's nine schools to replace such things as coal-fired furnaces and boilers, chiller units and lighting fixtures, according to information released by the governor's communication office.

McAuliffe made the announcement on the campus of Castlewood High School while touting the clean energy sector of the state that he said has save taxpayer dollars while creating hundreds of jobs.

"This is a win-win all the way around. What I try to tell everybody in Virginia, these are the jobs of the 21st Century. I right now have 75,000 energy efficient jobs in Virginia. I have nearly four thousand solar jobs just in the last two years in Virginia," McAuliffe told News 5 following his remarks.

Other data released Monday says Russell County will save $7.6 million in utility bills and $1.9 million in interest savings over the life of the project while creating 108 jobs.