• 59°

Atmore YMCA receives energy grant

Alabama Power General Manager Ricky Martin presents a check for $10,000 to Atmore Area YMCA CEO Paul Chason Friday morning. Also shown in the picture include  YMCA board members Don Fletcher, Shirley Darby, Alex Alvarez, Alex Jones, Pete Emerson, AP External Affairs Manager Beth Thomas, AP Residential Marketer Lee Hall and YMCA Board Member Leeann Allen. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Alabama Power General Manager Ricky Martin presents a check for $10,000 to Atmore Area YMCA CEO Paul Chason Friday morning. Also shown in the picture include YMCA board members Don Fletcher, Shirley Darby, Alex Alvarez, Alex Jones, Pete Emerson, AP External Affairs Manager Beth Thomas, AP Residential Marketer Lee Hall and YMCA Board Member Leeann Allen. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Alabama Power’s Alabama Business Charitable (ABC) Trust Fund recently awarded a $10,000 efficiency forward grant to the Atmore Area YMCA.

The grant was one of eight that was awarded around the state. Each grant goes toward energy efficiency improvements to the grantee’s facilities. The improvements help provide cost savings that nonprofits can pass on in services to their clients.

Atmore Area YMCA CEO Paul Chason said the grant will go toward replacing inefficient fluorescent light tubes with LED tubes. He said the new lights should reduce lighting costs by an estimated 65 percent while providing better and brighter lighting inside the Y.

The ABC Trust Fund was created in 1992 by Alabama Power to partner with community action agencies to help low-income families pay monthly energy bills. The fund also supports programs that promote energy efficiency for nonprofits and low-income individuals and families.

Since its start in 2007, the program has provided more than $1 million in support through 132 grants.

For more information about the ABC Trust Fund, visit www.powerofgood.com.