Vermont agencies share $4.7 million for energy efficiency

first_imgFive agencies in Vermont will receive about $4.7 million to provide solar thermal and solar hot water technologies for Vermont families, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) announced today.The funds also may be used to promote bulk buying strategies and cooperative partnerships in buying solar technologies in order to lower the costs of materials.  Community-based marketing approaches to help families save energy and money also may be funded under the grants.The Vermont grant recipients were among 120 organizations across the country selected to receive $120 million under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program.The Bennington-Rutland Opportunity Council, Inc., located in Rutland, will receive $900,000.The Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc., based in Barre, will receive $900,000.The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc., located in Burlington and Hinesburg, will receive more than $1.1 million, and will undertake program management and evaluation in addition to the project.The Northeast Employment & Training Organization, Inc., based in Derby and St. Johnsbury, will receive $900,000.The South Eastern Vermont Community Action, Inc, located in Westminster, will receive over $900,000.Vermont leads the nation in taking dramatic steps toward energy efficiency. By making low-income homes more energy efficient, families save an average of $437 on their energy bills, according the U.S. Department of Energy.Source: Congressional delegation. 8.19.2010last_img

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