For Immediate Release - February 21, 2012

State Energy Officials Host Springfield, Chicopee Events about Building Loans and Grants Available to Tornado Victims

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT:

On Thursday, February 23 in Springfield, representatives of the ReBuild Western Massachusetts Program will host an informational session to answer questions about the program, which has grants and zero interest loans to help communities affected by the June 1 tornadoes rebuild with energy efficiency and renewable energy. Additionally, staff will be present at numerous events in the Greater Springfield area in the upcoming month. Improvements made through ReBuild Western Mass can help residents and business owners save money on monthly energy expenses, increase thermal comfort in their building, and improve their property value.

Eligible participants in the ReBuild program include those who can document damage caused by the June 1 storms. Residents and business owners from any of the affected communities are welcome to attend and apply.

The program, which is run by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), has $8 million in funding to support rebuilding and repairs, provide incentives for energy efficient space and water heating, air-conditioning and weatherization measures, solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal incentives, and to provide technical assistance funding to identify energy efficient opportunities in buildings. Personalized support is available to each applicant to maximize the opportunity for each applicant to participate.

List of upcoming events

WHO:

DOER and MassCEC staff

WHEN/
WHERE:

Information session
Thursday, February 23, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

St. Anthony’s Social Hall, 375 Island Pond Road, Springfield

Tornado Recovery Info Session for Contractors
Tuesday, March 6, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Castle of Knights 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee

ReBuild Western Massachusetts at the Western Massachusetts Home & Garden Show
Thursday March 22 – Sunday March 25 (all day)
Eastern States Exposition West Springfield
www.WesternMassHomeShow.com

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