When the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County proposed the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) in 2009, there were no utility-sponsored Home Performance with Energy Star programs in Virginia. LEAP was the state’s first residential energy efficiency program, and its mission was to revitalize communities, create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and encourage whole-house energy retrofits.[ Read More → ]
In October 2010, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear unveiled a new plan to create jobs by developing the state’s home performance industry. The result was KY Home Performance (KHP), Kentucky’s first statewide residential energy efficiency program.
At the outset, the program’s developers—the Kentucky Housing Corporation and Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence—faced a big hurdle: there were only 10 Building Performance Institute (BPI)-certified contractors in the entire state. So KHP enlisted Conservation Services Group, a nonprofit provider of BPI training, to recruit and train contractors to perform Home Performance with Energy Star jobs. The program required all contractors to take a free webinar or in-person course on energy-efficient installations and loan and rebate processing. KHP further invested in its contractors by providing one-on-one training in the proper use of modeling software for recording energy savings from every retrofit.[ Read More → ]
Until the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) intervened, Grove Parc Plaza was a run-down stretch of Section 8-assisted housing along Cottage Grove Avenue in Woodlawn on Chicago’s South Side.
The 504-unit complex, one of the most dilapidated in the city, faced foreclosure and demolition. POAH, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore at-risk affordable housing, tore down the existing structure and replaced it with Woodlawn Center South (WCS), a new LEED Silver-certified apartment building.[ Read More → ]
Pennsylvania’s deputy treasurer, Keith Welks, was looking for a prudent investment for the state treasury, one that would earn money for the state and provide an additional benefit to Pennsylvania homeowners. That search launched the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program (HELP), which has made more than 11,000 loans for residential energy conservation improvements and trained more than 1,600 contractors since 2005.
At the time, AFC First Financial Corporation and West Penn Sustainable Power had been offering unsecured energy efficiency loans to western Pennsylvania homeowners for about 7 years when Welks got the idea to call AFC’s chairman, Peter Krajsa. The state treasury was willing to commit $20 million to expand Krajsa’s program statewide and rename it Keystone HELP.[ Read More → ]
General Colin L. Powell Apartments, Bronx, New York The General Colin L. Powell Apartments complex has revitalized the once vacant and boarded up Fox Street in New York City’s South Bronx neighborhood. Named in honor of retired general Colin L.[ Read More → ]