This article from the Solar Home and Business Journal discusses the new weatherization grants that SCCAP and other organizations have been awarded: http://tinyurl.com/29d63lo
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that 120 organizations across the country will receive nearly $120 million under a Weatherization Assistance Program that will include some solar photovoltaic installations.
Even more common than solar PV will be installations of solar water-heating systems under the various programs receiving funds. A wide range of other energy-efficiency and weatherization measures are included.
The investments, the department said in a news release, will enable successful weatherization agencies to expand their programs and will support new pilot projects to demonstrate innovative weatherization delivery and financial models, as well as new technologies. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu also announced that the program reached a new milestone in June — weatherizing more than 31,600 homes across the country.
“The weatherization program under the Recovery Act is successfully creating jobs in local communities, saving money for families, and reducing carbon pollution across the country,” said Mr. Chu. “The funding announced today builds on the department’s existing investments in energy efficiency to continue to expand and drive innovations in the weatherization program that will provide even greater energy and cost savings to low-income families.”
After ramping up last year, the Weatherization Assistance Program is now weatherizing homes at its optimal run rate of approximately 25,000 homes a month. The program is creating thousands of jobs locally, the department said, putting carpenters, electricians and factory workers back to work installing insulation, upgrading appliances, and improving heating and cooling systems. According to state reports, the Recovery Act Weatherization Program supported more than 13,000 jobs in the second quarter of 2010.
Under the program, about $90 million in Recovery Act funds will be awarded to more than 100 high-performing local weatherization providers in 27 states to complement and expand their existing weatherization programs. Each of the selected organizations has already met a milestone of weatherizing 30 percent of their total production goal and spending 30 percent of their Recovery Act funds. The new awards will allow these organizations to install renewable-energy systems and cutting-edge energy efficiency technologies in homes to help families save money on their energy bills. This includes installing technologies such as solar photovoltaic panels and shingles, solar water-heating systems, small-scale wind turbines, new insulation technologies, cool roofs, high-efficiency appliances, tankless hot water systems, high-efficiency combination boilers for hot water and heat, in-home energy monitors, and ductless heat pump systems.
An additional $30 million from the weatherization program’s annual budget will go to 16 recipients that will demonstrate other innovative approaches to weatherizing low-income single and multifamily homes. Projects will include new types of weatherization partnerships, financial models that allow for greater private sector leveraging, workforce training and volunteer engagement, and the demonstration of new energy-efficiency technologies such as in-home energy monitors.
Groups receiving funding for projects that specifically mention solar photovoltaic systems include the following:
Indiana: Five local weatherization agencies have been selected to receive over $1.3 million to implement a variety of technologies. Four of them mention solar PV or solar panels:
- Community Action Program of Evansville and Vanderburgh County Inc., based in Evansville, will receive over $300,000 for the installation of tankless and solar hot-water systems, solar panels, and heat pumps.
- Tri-CAP (Dubois Pike Warrick Economic Opportunity Committee Inc.), located in Jasper, will receive nearly $250,000 for LED lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, solar photovoltaics, and new water heating, among other technologies.
- Miami County YMCA, located in Peru, will receive over $220,000 for solar photovoltaic and solar hot-water systems.
- South Central Community Action Program, Inc., based in Bloomington, will receive nearly $400,000 for tankless water heaters, heat pump systems, and passive solar panels. Read the rest of this entry »