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Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program

The following programs are administered by the City of Charlotte, but made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Each program is designed to reach out directly into our communities to benefit citizens and business owners, as well as promote responsible use of energy and resource management.

For more information on any of the below programs, contact Nicole Storey at 704-336-2929.

Commercial Building Retrofit Program (CBRetro) 2012

The City of Charlotte’s CBRetro Program is designed to improve the energy efficiency of existing, for-profit commercial buildings and multi-family communities within the City’s Business Corridor Revitalization Geography by providing partial reimbursement for energy efficiency improvements. Examples of these improvements include energy audits, insulation, lighting, HVAC, windows and doors, weatherization and solar PV.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Create jobs & expand employment opportunities;
  • Increase energy efficiency of existing structures by 15% or greater;
  • Expand housing options by improving the energy efficiency of existing apartment communities;
  • Promote sustainable behaviors.

For a limited time the CBRetro grant is being offered in conjunction with the recently expanded Façade Improvement Program. In addition to energy efficiency improvements, this opportunity will allow for enhancements to a building or community’s exterior. Façade Improvement Grants are available to projects within the Business Corridor Revitalization Geography that are located on or visible from major thoroughfares.

The maximum grant award shall be dependent on the number of projects selected and funds available at the time of proposal acceptance. Funds shall be distributed as reimbursement only; funds will not be distributed in advance of improvements.

Pre-Application Workshops

Attendance at a pre-application workshop is highly encouraged. Workshops are scheduled for:

  • August 14th 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • August 20th 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • August 22nd 10:00 – 11:00 am & 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • August 28th 9:00 – 10:00 am

Workshops are held at Old City Hall in the Wilmore Room, 600 E. Trade Street. Parking can be validated in the Government Center and CMPD parking garages.

To apply for the CBRetro Program see the required documents below. Submittal deadline is September 14, 2012.

opens in a new windowProgram Guidelines
opens in a new windowProgram Application (Required)
opens in a new windowProject Budget and Scope Form (Required)
opens in a new windowOwner Consent Form (If Applicable)
opens in a new windowCity’s Business Corridor Revitalization Geography

The CBRetro Program has leveraged more than $7.33 million dollars and is on track to achieve retrofit of more than 1,300 residential units and 540,000 sq. ft. of non-residential space. Click here to see recent program participants.



Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Retrofit Grant 2010

This program was made available to commercial buildings and apartments located in the City's Business Corridor Revitalization Geography.  The grant focuses on lowering the energy consumption of existing buildings by reimbursing a percentage of energy-efficiency retrofits including but not limited to energy audits, lighting, HVAC, energy efficient doors and windows, recycling programs, bicycle storage and much more.  
 Total ARRA funding for the grant program was $1.2 Million and all funds have been allocated to eligible projects.  

Check out the 13 selected projects and their energy improvements.