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Funds still available for Knoxville's Green Building Incentive Program

The city of Knoxville still has money available to help qualified homeowners and businesses make energy saving improvements to their homes and buildings. 

The city's Green Building Incentive Program, launched in September and administered by the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee, helps pay for everything from simple improvements like weather stripping to more significant changes like installing solar technology with rebates on a portion of the total costs of improvement. 

$200,000 remains available of the program's original $270,000 funds. The money is part of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant the city received as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"There is still plenty of funding available and we want to see more people involved and benefiting," said Jake Tisinger, the city's sustainability coordinator. "I think this is a great opportunity to make some money-saving improvements, but the program is temporary and if people are interested they need to apply now." 

The city plans to distribute all the money by June 2012.

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Additional items eligible for rebates ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars include refrigerators, water heaters, toilets and solar arrays. Funding is being split between conventional improvements and solar additions.

Tisinger said participants can receive rebates after having an energy audit and completing the necessary upgrades to their properties. 

Examples of rebates:

Energy Assessment Incentive:$150
ENERGY STAR Refridgerator: up to $500
ENERGY STAR Water heater: up to $750
WaterSense Toilet: up to $200
*The rebate is for 1/2 the product cost plus installation up to the maximum rebate amount

Solar rebates:
Commercial: $1000 per kW installed capacity up to 5 kW
Residential: $2000 per kW installed capacity up to 5 kW
Non-Profit: $2000 per kW installed capacity up to 5 kW

Solar Water Heating rebates:
$1000 for 1-3 Collector Panel System
$1500 for 4-6 Collector Panel System
$2000 for 6+ Collector Panel System

For more information or to apply for a rebate visit  the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee's Energy Assessment Incentive & Appliance Program website.

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