Demand for energy upgrades drives Community Power Works’ citywide expansion!
Community Power Works (CPW), the City of Seattle’s home energy upgrade program, launched last April with the goals of simultaneously driving demand to weatherize 2000 homes, and creating a sustainable industry for home energy upgrades. After a successful start in Seattle’s central area and south-end, CPW expanded its services citywide in January. To date, nearly 800 homes have already entered the program, and demand continues to grow as homeowners spread the word about the increased warmth and comfort of their newly upgraded homes.
Joshua Curtis, manager of the CPW program, recently said, “We are really inspired by the reactions of our current customers and the momentum building for the program. It’s great to see how energy upgrades align with peoples’ values, and so positively impact the quality of their lives.”
CPW gives homeowners access to pre-approved experts in home energy auditing and contracting to help them make the smartest choices for their homes. CPW also provides financing, rebates and incentives to help offset project costs, as well as quality assurance once the work is complete. As the program grows, CPW’s partner contractors are supporting job growth in the industry by hiring new trainees from the local Got Green program as well as South Seattle Community College’s Clean/Green Technology program.
Currently, homeowners can choose from fifteen CPW approved contractors, and the pool is expanding to meet demand. CPW strives to make employment opportunities available to small, locally-owned businesses, and requires that all contractors adhere to “High-Road” employment standards. In addition, the program has established targets for contracting companies that are women-owned, minority-owned, or veteran-owned.