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August 25, 2010

DOE Awards $120 Million for Weatherization Projects, Marks Busiest Month

DOE announced on August 19 its selection of 119 organizations across the country that will receive nearly $120 million under the DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program. These investments will enable successful weatherization agencies to expand their programs, and will support new pilot projects to demonstrate innovative delivery, novel financial models, and new technologies. Additionally, DOE reported that of the more than 80,000 homes will be weatherized this summer; a record number of about 31,600 U.S. homes were completed in June. The leading states for the month were Illinois, with 2,957 refurbished homes, and California, with 2,701, and Texas (with 2,649). Overall, the program created more than 13,000 jobs in the second quarter of 2010 while cutting family energy expenses and reducing carbon emissions nationally. See the DOE press release and the tally of weatherized homes by state (PDF 14 KB).Download Adobe Reader.

Nearly $90 million of the American Recovery and Recovery Act funds will be awarded to 103 high-performing local providers in 27 states to enhance their existing weatherization programs. For the first time in the program's history, grantees will install renewable energy systems and cutting-edge energy efficiency technologies. These include solar heating systems, solar photovoltaic panels and shingles, small-scale wind turbines, new insulation technologies, "cool roofs, " high-efficiency appliances, tankless hot water systems, high-efficiency combination boilers, in-home energy monitors, and ductless heat pump systems. For example, the Miami County YMCA in Indiana will add solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems. And Missouri's Central Missouri Community Action group will provide geothermal heating systems for low-income households. See the full list of awards (PDF 52 KB).

An additional $30 million from the program's annual budget will fund 16 recipients showcasing other innovative approaches to weatherizing low-income single and multifamily homes. Projects will test combining weatherization services with a comprehensive "green and healthy homes" approach that incorporates indoor air quality improvement and lead abatement services. Grantees include organizations that have not historically been a part of the DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program, including private companies, non-profit organizations, universities, city governments, and national partners. Nebraska's Energy Pioneer Solutions, for instance, will use funds to streamline weatherization services for low-income families and will offer loans for half of the project's value, which can be repaid through local utility bills. See the full list of selected awardees (PDF 42 KB).