“Community-Wide Energy Independence”
Every business, resident and organization faces identical barriers in reducing their energy use and costs. These barriers include: not knowing which investments will result in the greatest savings, what contractors to hire and where to find them, what financial assistance is available to reduce capital costs and how to access it.
SEDA-COG’s Energy Resource Center recently completed an award-winning national pilot project in the small community of New Berlin, PA to help the entire community collectively break through these barriers and more. Following a brief overview of the project and its successes, a panel representing New Berlin businesses, non-profits, and residents will respond to audience questions regarding their engagement in the project and its value. Attendees will receive a free copy of the how-to manual Energizing Small Communities: A Guide to Greater Energy Independence and Economic Resiliency available at http://erc.sedacog.org/newberlin
Come network with your peers, connect with clients and technical assistance and learn the process for leveraging funds to finance energy reduction. A documented 10% energy reduction was achieved community-wide within 3 years, with many residents and organizations achieving 30-70% annual energy savings. More than $1 million in publicly available funding was leveraged by the New Berlin community to invest in energy reduction measures and renewable energy tailored to their homes and facilities. Selinsgrove and Millheim communities are now in the process of replicating New Berlin’s success.
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