For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 24, 2010
Seven Minnesota Weatherization Programs Receive Additional $6 Million DOE funds
(Saint Paul)- Seven weatherization service providers in Minnesota will receive $6 million from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to heighten energy efficiency in the weatherization program. The DOE funds were granted to high-performing weatherization agencies around the country. Each of the selected organizations has already met their milestone of weatherizing 30 percent of their total production goal and spending 30 percent of their Recovery Act funds. Providers will begin projects to install solar air heat systems and innovative hot water heat systems.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce's Office of Energy Security (OES) oversees the use of the funds. As of June 2010, the program had funded weatherization for 7,201 homes in Minnesota with an additional 3,300 homes in progress.
The OES estimates that, through the Weatherization Assistance Program, a homeowner saves about $300 on an average annual energy bill.
The additional funding will allow agencies to expand their programs and support new projects.
In Minnesota, the seven service providers and respective projects are:
Anoka County Community Action Program of Blaine, MN will receive $100,000 to install high-performance hot water systems.
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency Inc., of Virginia, MN will receive $120,000 to install high-performance hot water systems.
Community Action Minneapolis of Minneapolis will receive $1.4 million to install high-performance hot water systems.
Otter Tail-Wadena Community Action Council Inc. of New York Mills, MN will receive nearly $2.2 million for solar air heating installation and training.
Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency Inc. of Shakopee, MN will receive more than $500,000 for pilot projects for centralized building controls for multi-family units and on-demand water heaters for mobile homes.
Sustainable Resources Center of Minneapolis will receive $1.8 million for high-performance hot water systems and space-conditioning retrofits.
Three Rivers Community Action Inc. of Zumbrota, MN will receive $50,000 to install high-performance hot water systems.