FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Pam Perri Weaver, Executive Vice President, Builders Association of Minnesota • 651-492-0904
Rochelle Barnhart, Minnesota Department of Commerce • 651-539-1463
MN Department of Commerce And Builders Association of Minnesota Launch Project ReEnergize
Area Homeowners Can Earn Up To $4,000 Rebate for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
ST. PAUL, MINN. October 1, 2009 -- The Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) has allocated $2.5 million in funds from the US 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide rebates to homeowners for energy efficiency upgrades. Dubbed Project ReEnergize, this program will be administered by the Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM), and serves both to improve energy efficiency in Minnesota homes and to stimulate jobs.
Project ReEnergize will provide rebates of up to $4,000 for a variety of energy upgrades to owner-occupied homes under 3,000 square feet that were constructed before 2000. One rebate check per household is allowed and can be obtained for a wide variety of energy saving measures such as window installation and attic air sealing. The funds may be used in addition to other tax credits and incentives currently available, and will only be available through qualified remodelers.
Department of Commerce Commissioner Glenn Wilson says, "The Department is pleased to be working with BAM for the distribution of these funds. Individuals taking responsibility for their own home maintenance and upgrading is one of the easiest and most efficient ways we have of using energy more efficiently."
"We're very pleased to be able to administer Project ReEnergize," said Pam Perri Weaver, BAM Executive Vice President. "These funds will be supporting workers within the remodeling industry as well saving energy and dollars for Minnesota homeowners. This is a win-win situation for everyone involved."
To earn the rebate, projects must be completed by licensed and trained contractors to ensure the upgrades are completed correctly and safely. "Attic air sealing, for example, is one eligible project that can make a big difference in energy bills on older homes," explains Karen Linner, BAM's Director of Codes and Research. "But sealing older homes also requires care to ensure the home will be safe and healthy for the occupants.
Our trained contractors understand how a sealed building envelope can effect the home's performance and will be able to perform the work as well as necessary safety testing."
Homeowners interested in Project ReEnergize should act quickly as these funds are limited. Reservation forms are available only through qualified remodelers beginning October 1st. More details about the program and qualifying upgrades are online at www.projectreenergize.org .
ABOUT The Department of Commerce: The Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security is working to move Minnesota toward a sustainable energy future. One of its current roles is to oversee the distribution of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 related to energy efficiency, heating assistance and weatherization.
ABOUT BAM: The Builders Association of Minnesota is a St. Paul-based trade association representing over 3,600 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction industry. BAM is associated with 14 local associations throughout the state and the National Association of Home Builders as a charter member.