Lime Energy awarded grant to complete energy efficiency projects in three cities
Lime Energy Co. has been awarded a funding agreement by the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to design and deliver "Achieving Energy Efficiency in Small Businesses in Low-Income Areas," an energy efficiency program for low-income communities. As part of this collaboration, the DOE will invest $1.35 million to help Lime Energy engage 10,000 small businesses and complete 2,500 small business efficiency retrofit projects in low-income areas in Atlanta, Orlando, and Houston. "Lime Energy has been a leader in delivering clean energy solutions to small businesses across America, and we are excited to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy on this initiative," said Adam Procell, Lime Energy's President and CEO. "We believe that our unique approach and our innovative metering technology will help drive all the benefits of energy efficiency deeper and more cost-effectively into the heart of the communities that need it the most." Lime Energy will partner with the Institute for Market Transformation, a leading national building energy performance policy and outreach organization based in Washington DC. Lime Energy will also partner with the Houston Advanced Research Center in Texas, and with a wide variety of regional and local energy alliances, business associations, and grassroots community organizations to launch an intensive outreach program to penetrate these low-income areas. This project team will also engage local governments to coordinate efforts on the ground. These partnerships will result in a scalable, community based strategy that will serve groups of buildings and consumers infrequently reached in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Participating small businesses will receive Lime Energy's proven turn-key energy efficiency services including a full energy assessment, presentation of an immediate on-site proposal, and the installation of new energy efficiency equipment. In addition to this baseline service, the DOE grant will allow Lime Energy to offer a performance-based contract that minimizes risk for small businesses by measuring and verifying their energy savings using advanced metering technology and a user friendly mobile app.