For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Dan Lambert, Office of Energy and Sustainability, (510) 981-7494

HUNDREDS OF BERKELEY RESIDENTS SIGN UP FOR MONEY FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Berkeley, California (Monday, August 02, 2010) - While Berkeley residents jumped at the opportunity to participate in the City’s Money for Energy Efficiency (ME2) rebate program, the City still has money available for multifamily and commercial buildings who wish to apply for rebates.

Just three weeks into the program, over 600 Berkeley residents have already applied to receive some of the $$516,000 in rebates available for energy efficiency upgrades. At the same time, applications are still being taken for the $120,000 that has been set-aside for multifamily buildings and the $190,000 for commercial buildings.

Important information for:

Single-family homeowners: The response for this group has been overwhelming, and a long waitlist has already been created. Although all the funding for single-family and duplex properties is currently reserved, people can continue to apply and will be placed on the waitlist as some attrition is expected. The program will end when the available federal funds are paid out.

Homeowners on the waitlist: Some people on the waitlist will receive rebate funds. We are very pleased that so many were interested in this program, and we will keep in touch with you as the award process moves forward.

Multifamily and commercial buildings: More money is available! The programs for these types of buildings provide rebates for audits up to $2,500 each. Owners will then be eligible to apply for mini-grants up to $30,000 in December to carry out identified improvements.

Program Background
In addition to the more than half million dollars in federal stimulus money ME2 makes  available in rebates, another $150,000 worth of improvements are being provided through a contract with Rising Sun Energy Center for moderate income households or those living in certain neighborhoods.

ME2 provides subsidies to property owners for comprehensive energy audits to assess how the whole building performs and to make audit identified improvements, such as sealing drafts, adding insulation and upgrading duct work. By increasing thesubsidy for higher energy reductions, the ME2 program encourages deep energy retrofits of existing buildings, which presently account for more than 50 percent of local greenhouse gas emissions.

Rebates for homeowners –up to $5,000 from the City plus another $3,500 from PG&E -- will be based on projected energy savings. The projected savings will be determined by comparing a baseline building energy audit to an energy audit after the improvements are made.

For more details on the ME2 program and other City programs, visit www.CityofBerkeley.info/sustainable or call 510 981-7438.

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