Aug. 26, 2010
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded two grants totaling $2.5 million to support innovative weatherization programs in Maryland. The funding will help low-income Maryland residents in two counties achieve energy efficiency in their homes, while creating weatherization jobs in local communities, according to Senators Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin.
Locally, the Garrett County Community Action Committee was awarded $1 million to install wind, solar, or geothermal renewable energy systems for low-income residents.
In Washington County, C&O Conservation Inc. was awarded $1.5 million to replace improperly sized HVAC equipment, saving energy and extending the equipment’s life.
“This federal funding is an investment in jobs, jobs, jobs right here in Maryland,” Mikulski said. “These funds will help put dollars back into the pockets of low-income Marylanders by making homes more energy efficient and lowering their energy bills.”
The grants were distributed through the DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which weatherizes approximately 25,000 homes per month and is partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) funding.