ACEDC Announces New Energy Efficiency Grant Program

The Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) announced at their 24th Annual Meeting on December 7, 2018 the availability of grant funds for businesses to implement energy efficiency improvements recommended by Efficiency Vermont. Efficiency VT, a member of ACEDC, provides technical assistance and financial incentives to Vermont households & businesses, to help them reduce their energy costs.

This past October, Efficiency VT announced a partnership with ACEDC and other organizations, as part of the Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative, to provide energy efficiency assessments for Addison County businesses. Through this FREE program, businesses find out how to reduce energy costs and improve their bottom line. Trained staff from Efficiency VT will conduct a walk-through of a business to identify energy saving opportunities and help the owner make informed decisions about what efficiency upgrades are most cost-effective. The assessment also includes recommendations and information on financial incentives and financing. For more information and to schedule a FREE walk-through, interested businesses should click here or call Efficiency VT Customer Support at their toll-free line: 888-921-5990.

ACEDC is offering to support this initiative with grant funding. ACEDC will make $1,000 available for one to five grants ranging from $200 to $1000 to Addison County for-profit businesses. ACEDC will accept applications from any for-profit business located in Addison County that has conducted an energy efficiency assessment with Efficiency VT and is implementing a specific recommendation from their FREE energy assessment. The business must match the grant 1:1 and the project must be started within two months and completed within six months of the grant award.

Applications will be accepted via email to Fred Kenney (fkenney@addisoncountyedc.org) starting January 1, 2019 but no later than the deadline of 5:00 p.m. Friday March 1, 2019. Grant award winners will be announced by Monday March 25, 2019.

Applicants must submit a one-page description of the energy efficiency project, including:

  • the grant amount request (from $200-$1000);
  • the total project cost as well as a breakdown of costs;
  • the source of matching funds;
  • the project timeline; and
  • an explanation of why the grant funds are required to accomplish the project.

The application must include a copy of the Efficiency VT assessment and the assessment must include a specific recommendation regarding the project for which funds are being requested.

Contact information:

Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC): Fred Kenney, Executive Director. fkenney@addisoncountyedc.org or (802) 777-8349.