Finding Stimulus Money and Developing Grants for Green Air Conditioning Systems. –
With the passage of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, federal funding became available in the energy sector for government entities, private businesses and citizens to develop among many other things more sustainable air conditioning systems. In part, this law was enacted to preserve and create jobs, and promote economic recovery by assisting those most impacted by the current economic recession. It included investments in environmental protection and was designed to stabilize state and local government budgets in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases.
“Florida is continuing its commitment to increase energy efficiency, expand renewable energy production, and shrink energy impacts on the environment by creating a wide range of new programs through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).” These programs include grant programs for smart grid and renewable energy technology, green air conditioning systems, appliance rebate programs, and numerous programs under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG).
Under the EECBG program, over $19 million was made available in a competitive process for local governments. To earn a grant, a local government would need to submit an application that would be competitively scored based upon a predefined set of scoring metrics including energy dollars saved per dollar invested, matching contribution, and quality of the project plan. Many municipalities throughout Florida have received funding under this program and have or are in the process of implementing energy conservation programs that ultimately reduce utility operating costs.
A Florida LEED Certified Contractor and Expert in Sustainable Air Conditioning
Hill York’s Energy Solution Energy Services group creates solutions to provide immediate energy and cost savings for our clients and our staff is qualified to handle all aspects of an energy efficiency program.
• Hill York is the only MSCA Green Star Certified contractor in Florida. This certification is recognized by the US Green Building Council and is a designation given to companies who have shown an exceptional commitment to technologies like sustainable air conditioning and are recognized as leaders in developing green air conditioning systems.
• Hill York is an Energy Star Service and Product Provider Partner.
• Hill York is an active member of US Green Building Council.
• More than 50% of Hill York’s tactical leadership team has achieved the Florida LEED Accredited Professional credential or are Certified Energy Managers through the Association of Energy Engineers.
• Hill York has in-house professional engineering, certified energy auditor (CEA) and Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) credentials.
Florida Energy and Climate Commission
*Information on sustainable air conditioning, green air conditioning systems and Florida LEED contractors provided by the Florida Energy and Climate Commission.