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Sandoval announces approval of DOE award to help energy retrofits

By ThisIsReno

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval, with the assistance of his energy advisor Stacey Crowley, is pleased to announce that Nevada has been approved for a U.S. Department of Energy competitive grant to assist in energy retrofits across Nevada.

The grant will help commercial buildings develop energy efficient retrofit projects, making it easier for businesses, contractors and energy suppliers to undertake these efforts.

“We are one of only five states to be awarded this grant, and we should be encouraged about the fact that DOE feels confident that we can carry out the grant program successfully,” Sandoval said. “Through this grant, we hope to provide a consistent set of resources and policies to develop a sustainable industry for contractors and energy professionals for the long term, thereby creating jobs as the retrofits are accomplished.”

The governor will tour a commercial business in Reno tomorrow which has made strides in the area of renewable energy.

With the receipt of this grant, Nevada will receive just under $765 thousand from the federal government and a generous $250 thousand in-kind match from NV Energy.

“We have assembled a great team anchored by our office, UNR and NV Energy,” Crowley said. “We will work to address the importance of energy efficiency to add value to our state’s industries and accelerate economic development.”

The team, comprising the State Office of Energy, the University of Nevada, Reno, NV Energy, the Nevada Association of Associated General Contractors and the Office of Economic Development, plans to address the challenge of increasing commercial building energy retrofits at two levels: better align Nevada’s energy policy (particularly aspects dealing with energy efficiency) and economic development policy, and address specific financial barriers hindering energy efficiency upgrades in commercial buildings.