WASHINGTON — In an attempt to save schools money while promoting green technology, Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine announced yesterday that the state’s remaining $119 million qualified school construction bond allocation will be used to finance energy-efficiency projects rather than new construction.

“Today’s announcement will advance two of the commonwealth’s top priorities — education and energy efficiency,” Kaine said in a statement. “When school divisions lower their energy consumption, they can lower their energy costs and direct more resources to the classroom, all while reducing their environmental impact. The ­projects made possible by these [American Recovery and Reinvestment Act] bonds will create jobs, improve our children’s learning environment, and promote green technology and construction here in the commonwealth.”

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