News Release 327

Department offers $7.75 million in funding for Homeowner Upgrades with Geothermal Program under Energize Missouri Homes

Volume 38-327 (For Immediate Release)
Contact:  Kerry Cordray
573-526-4220

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 2, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is offering $7.75 million in funding under Energize Missouri Homes to provide Missouri residents with an opportunity to reduce energy costs, while improving the overall energy efficiency and quality of their homes. Through Energize Missouri Homes, the department has created the Homeowner Upgrades with Geothermal Program.

Under the Homeowner Upgrades with Geothermal Program, incentives will be available for owners of single-family homes to conduct energy audits, implement whole-house energy saving measures and install geothermal systems. The department will select municipal, cooperative or investor-owned utilities; not-for-profit organizations; quasi-government organizations; or local governments to operate these programs.  Selected organizations will provide marketing, outreach and technical assistance to homeowners and process grant requests.  Homeowners will then apply to these organizations for the energy-efficiency grants.

Energize Missouri Homes is soliciting and receiving applications from organizations or local governments that desire to operate the Homeowner Upgrades with Geothermal Program through a competitive application process. Applications must be submitted to the department by July 9, 2010. Application documents are now available on the department’s website at: dnr.mo.gov/transform/energizemissourihomes.htm. The department will host a webinar onJune 16 to provide applicants with an overview of the Homeowner Upgrades with Geothermal Program.

Energize Missouri Homes is a Missouri initiative made possible by funds from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For more information on the programs, webinars and upcoming events call 877-610-0834.

The department’s Division of Energy is a nonregulatory state office that works to protect the environment and stimulate the economy through energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and technologies.

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