Several new energy-focused grants will help to create more Denver construction jobs. Visit http://denver.jobing.com/jobs/construction to learn more.
Gov. Bill Ritter recently announced that 23 New Energy Economic Development grants have been awarded to organizations throughout Colorado. The funding will be used for renewable energy efficiency projects that will help create and retain jobs, strengthen the local economy, and save money and energy.
The grants total about $2.2 million and will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Organizations to receive funding include communities, school districts and nonprofits.
"These grants mean jobs, energy savings and lower utility bills for taxpayers across Colorado," Ritter said. "Projects funded with these dollars further strengthen our New Energy Economy, diversify the economy in all corners of Colorado and reflect Colorado's 21st century outlook for developing the jobs and infrastructure that position us as a national leader."
A total of 106 organizations applied to grants totaling more than $18 million, with the winners chosen after a competitive process. The projects that received grants will leverage more than $5 million in public-private local matching funds for a total investment of $7.8 million in Colorado communities.
The projects in Denver that will receive funding include:
- Northeast Denver Housing Center - Will receive a $107,500 grant to install 55 kilowatts of solar energy in a model project to integrate renewable power into affordable housing.
- OptiMiser - Will receive a $50,000 grant to further develop energy audit software that can be used by homeowners to calculate potential cost benefits analysis of renewable energy installations.
- Visiting Nurses Association - Will receive a $7,839 grant to make energy efficient lighting upgrades at its facility in Denver.