Friday, May 14, 2010

Apartment Owners and Dwellers Can Pull the Plug on Energy Costs

The City of Charlotte is accepting applications for the Multi-Family
Energy Efficiency Retrofit Grant, designed to reduce energy use and
costs in existing apartment complexes. The program is open to owners
of apartment complexes within the City's Business Revitalization
Geography, including its five priority corridors; Wilkinson/Freedom,
Rozzelles Ferry, Beatties Ford, North Tryon, and Eastland area. Under
the grant, energy efficiency retrofits and renovations can include:

· new lighting
· HVAC replacement
· weatherization of units
· retrofits to accommodate a multi-family recycling program
· installation of Energy Star appliances
· energy efficient lighting and thermostats
· low-flow showerheads
· tank less hot water heaters and solar/thermal hot water heaters
· bicycle racks and bicycle storage
The City will reimburse a percentage of the cost of eligible
retrofits. The total grant funding is $600,000; however no individual
grant award will exceed $200,000. Applications will be accepted until
October 31, or until all funds are committed, whichever comes first.
Applications for the first round of projects are due by June 30.
Projects must start within 90 days of the award date.

Applicants seeking to do the most thorough energy-efficiency upgrades
will be given priority over projects with a single-faceted approach.
Those projects which affect the highest percentage of residents will
also receive stronger consideration. For detailed information on the
grant and the application process, visit or
call 704-336-3862.

Funded by a grant from the US Department of Energy, the Multi-Family
Energy Efficiency Retrofit grant is one of 17 City of Charlotte
projects to receive funding through the Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Block Grant Program, part of the American Resource and
Recovery Act. To learn more about Charlotte's energy strategy, visit
the city's economic recovery web site at