No-cost program aims to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings

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Energize Delaware, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility) recently announced the launch of its new Business Technical Assistance program to improve energy efficiency in small and mid-size commercial buildings (SMBs), including those in under-served, low-income and disadvantaged communities across Delaware.

The program helps building owners and contractors understand the importance of improving the energy efficiency of their building by lowering energy costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and access to low-interest financing, such as Energize Delaware’s Low-Interest Commercial Loans.

“Energy improvement projects for SMBs do not always have the business case for above-code energy efficient equipment. To address this concern, we are now offering, at no cost, the technical assistance needed to maximize energy efficiency and access to 100 percent long-term financing for improvements like HVAC replacement, LED lighting, roof/envelope upgrades and solar installations,” said Drew Slater, executive director of Energize Delaware.

To provide technical assistance services to SMB owners and contractors, Energize Delaware has contracted with Sustainable Real Estate Solutions (SRS), which will use its Energy Performance Improvement Calculator (EPIC) technology platform to evaluate the business case for alternative high efficiency equipment.

This means that, for the first time, small and mid-size commercial building owners will have estimated cost and savings information that they need to confidently invest in high efficiency building upgrades. Furthermore, for qualifying projects, SMB owners will have access to incentives and 100 percent, long-term financing options.

Brian McCarter, CEO of SRS, said, “Our 10-plus years’ experience administering energy efficiency programs for state governments has proven that the optimal time for SMB owners to evaluate alternative energy efficient technology is when the need arises to replace aging HVAC equipment. SMB owners are often surprised to see that the combination of high efficiency equipment and 100 percent long-term financing makes for a compelling investment opportunity.”

McCarter added, “Thanks to this new, first in the nation Energize Delaware program, business owners can now evaluate — free of charge — prior to an investment decision, the financial impacts of alternative building energy improvements.”

Find out how to take advantage of the program’s free technical assistance services, contact SRS at (203) 880-5300; [email protected]. For additional information, join the webinar on Dec. 15, 1-2 p.m. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energize-delaware-business-technical-assistance-program-webinar-tickets-767570392707?aff=oddtdtcreator.

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