According to a news release, Clean Energy Works Oregon officially launched its statewide home energy remodel program in Columbia, Tillamook, and Clatsop counties. The release says that the program will provide area homeowners with an easy, convenient, and affordable way to increase their homes' energy efficiency, comfort, and value. Clean Energy Works is working with two local energy efficiency contractors, and says the program will also help generate family-supporting construction jobs in the three-county region.
The release quotes State Senator Betsy Johnson. saying "I am delighted Clean Energy Works is coming to my district, It's an opportunity not only for homeowners looking to improve the energy efficiency and value of their homes, but also for our local construction economy. Clean Energy Works is helping the hard-hit construction industry recover and grow, and that's good for everyone."
Through April 30, homes accepted into the program can receive instant rebates of up to $2,500, including a free home energy assessment worth $500 and a free independent inspection worth $250. In addition to the introductory rebates, Clean Energy Works offers a set of energy efficiency remodeling services, including connection to certified and vetted local contractors Warrenton-based Secord Construction and Scappoose-based Eco Sustainable Retrofits, both of whom, according to the organization, are experts in whole-home energy efficiency.
"Clean Energy Works Oregon provides a bundled set of energy efficiency services to make it affordable and easy for homeowners to upgrade their homes," said Derek Smith, CEO of Clean Energy Works Oregon. "It is a model that works! Across the state, we have completed more than 2,500 energy efficiency projects—generating paychecks for hundreds of workers. We are eager to build on the program here in the region to benefit local homeowners and their communities."
The program also offers flexible term financing with no up-front costs from Astoria-based nonprofit lender Craft3.
"Craft3 provides loans to businesses, nonprofits, and individuals, including those unable to access financing. Through our partnership with Clean Energy Works, we've helped thousands of Oregonians invest in their largest assets—their homes," said Craft3 president and CEO John Berdes. "We're pleased to now extend this offering to our neighbors in the North Coast."
In addition to connecting homeowners with construction experts, lenders, and utilities, Clean Energy Works supports partner contractors as they grow their businesses. In preparation for the launch in Columbia, Tillamook, and Clatsop counties, Clean Energy Works Oregon provided guidance and support to Secord Construction and Eco Sustainable Retrofits to complete the energy efficiency certification process. Clean Energy Works will continue to support these local businesses as they grow their operations to serve this new market. Clean Energy Works has also been assisting Astoria-based P&L Johnson Mechanical, which will be joining the contracting team in the coming months.
"Working with Clean Energy Works Oregon will allow us to expand our whole-home energy remodel services and help more homeowners afford the improvements they need," said Ben Secord, owner of Secord Construction. "With four years of experience providing weatherization services on the North Coast, we are proud to be on the forefront of this burgeoning industry and look forward to growing our business and transforming the comfort and energy efficiency of more homes."
About Clean Energy Works Oregon
A public-private partnership, Clean Energy Works Oregon is dedicated to creating jobs, saving energy, and accelerating the energy-efficiency market. The organization makes it easy for homeowners to upgrade their homes for energy efficiency by bringing them together with local contractors, lenders, and utilities. Now in its fifth year, Clean Energy Works Oregon has grown from a City of Portland pilot project to a statewide program operating in 19 Oregon counties. Clean Energy Works Oregon has generated more than $38 million in economic activity and helped create paychecks for hundreds of workers.
As homeowners sign up for the program and receive financing from participating local lenders, the dollars flow to paychecks for workers who install new insulation, furnaces, heat pumps, hot water systems, and windows. These upgrades not only improve the comfort, affordability, and energy efficiency of homes—they also improve home value. Clean Energy Works Oregon works closely with Energy Trust of Oregon and local utilities, which contribute cash incentives for every eligible home.
For more information about Clean Energy Works, or to sign-up for the program visit http://www.cleanenergyworksoregon.org/or call 855-870-0049.