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 http://nbs.charlottenc.gov 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 www.charmeck.org.

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