Additional $120 Million Goes To DOE Weatherization Assistance Program

Posted on August 23rd, 2010 by
   

Weatherization programs get a big financial boost, is aggregation solar power purchases realistic, and your business can win $10,000 for becoming more energy efficient.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has awarded 120 organizations across the country  almost $120 million to further implement the Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program.  The new money will provide effective weatherization organizations to begin new projects and increase their retrofit reach. Currently, about 25,000 homes a month are being weatherized through the government program but in June, this number jumped to more than 31,600 homes. Its estimated that approximately 80,000 homes will lower their energy bills through the governments weatherization program.

One of the first programs to aggregate the purchase of solar power has been executed. 130 people who are City of San Jose employees and members of the San Jose Credit Union purchases will purchase more 300 KW of power at a discounted price from SunPower Corporation and SunWater Solar. The group buy model lowers solar system cost for a large group of homeowners and encourages community participation in achieving San Jose’s Green Vision goals.

The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) has announced the launch of the COSE Small Business Energy Efficiency Challenge.  Small businesses can win up to $10,000 for submitting details of savings that they’ve generated from energy efficient retrofit projects. Entries must be received by Monday, September 20.  To learn more about the content, please visit www.cose.org/energychallenge.

Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn has announced a $4 million grant to fund a 62 Megawatt (MW) Solar Power Plant. The project will become the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar development in the Midwest and one of the largest in the United States. The project, which will generate enough power for more than 10,000 homes, will also help the state towards reaching its 6% Renewable Portfolio Standard goal by 2015.

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