The City of Oak Ridge has been selected for a $2.9 million grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority that will “undoubtedly change the lives of people living in legacy Oak Ridge homes by helping them save money on their utility bills,” officials said Friday.
This grant is part of TVA’s Extreme Energy Makeover project and will allow the start of an unprecedented revitalization of the legacy homes in the Oak Ridge community and provide assistance to those that need it the most, a press release said.
“The City of Oak Ridge is honored to be selected for participation and award for use in the Extreme Energy Makeover program, which will be used to encourage use of the legacy housing of the city when it was a ‘Secret City,’” City Manager Mark Watson said. “This investment will demonstrate our housing’s continued value for residents for years to come. As historical housing, our demonstration project has shown that electrical usage can be substantially reduced creating a ‘win-win’ for our residents, TVA, and the Oak Ridge electrical system alike. We look forward to the challenge and partnership with TVA to become a model for the entire TVA service region.”
The Extreme Energy Makeover project is a partnership between TVA, the City of Oak Ridge Electric Department, and team members Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, or ADFAC; Gilmartin Engineering Works Inc.; Tetra Tech Inc.; and Strata-G LLC. It’s designed to improve the quality of life for residents of the City of Oak Ridge Electric Department service territory, the press release said.
The grant money will be used to perform whole-home, deep energy retrofit upgrades to achieve a 25 percent reduction in electric energy usage and achieve annual total project energy (megawatt hour) savings of 1,000 megawatt-hours per year for homes that are at least 20 years old in the Oak Ridge community.
“This is another success for the Oak Ridge Energy Corridor,” said Gary Gilmartin, president of Gilmartin Engineering Works. “This builds on our achievements in high tech manufacturing, renovations of our city infrastructure, designations as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partner, and as a TVA Platinum Sustainable Community.”
The project will be underway in April 2016 and go through September 2017. Additional information, including the application process for interested homeowners, will be available in the coming months.
For more information, contact Watson at (865) 425-3550.
For more information about the City of Oak Ridge, visit the city’s website at www.oakridgetn.gov.
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