COLUMBUS – A business in Defiance county seeking to preserve the quality of the state’s air and become more energy efficient was approved for funding by the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA).

Projects also were approved in Hamilton and Clermont counties.

“We are excited about the projects approved today because they are representative of the variety of financing opportunities OAQDA offers to Ohio small and large businesses seeking to become clean air facilities. Our mission leverages both economic and environmental opportunities to serve business and public entities across Ohio,” Christina O’Keeffe, OAQDA executive director, said.

Mercury Cleaners, 123 E. Second St., Defiance, was approved for up to $76,000 from the Clean Air Resource Center (CARC). The family-owned dry cleaner in Defiance County will replace an existing dry cleaning machine with a new system that will reduce energy consumption and also cut hazardous emissions.

JZB Realty Holding Co., LLC (doing business as Forest Hills Care Center) in Cincinnati, received approval for up to $4.7 million in PACE financing for energy efficiency improvements and the addition of a solar array on the roof of the senior assisted living facility.

Clermont Health Realty in Amelia, was approved for up to $7 million for energy efficiency financing at a new 109,000 square foot, 113 bed skilled nursing facility that will employ 55-60 full time positions. The PACE financing at the new facility will be used for an HVAC system, windows, lighting, wall insulation and a high efficiency domestic hot water system.

CARC provides funding to qualified small businesses that emit less than 75 tons of all regulated pollutants and less than 50 tons of any single regulated pollutant annually and have fewer than 100 employees.

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