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For Immediate Release
Date: Monday, February 21, 2011

Contact: Justine Gazzola                                                                                   
Office: 704-336-2350
Cell: 704-315-3259
Email: jgazzola@charlottenc.gov  
Commercial Building Energy Efficiency a Priority in Charlotte – City Awards Energy Grant Funding
(Charlotte, N.C.)  -- Thirteen Charlotte businesses have been selected to receive grant funding under the City of Charlotte’s Commercial Building Retrofit Program. All commercial and industrial buildings located within the City’s Business Corridor Revitalization Geography, regardless of size, were eligible to apply for this program. Grant recipients were selected based on projected energy savings, project scope, budget, and dollars leveraged.
The program is funded by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) grant. This program has encouraged businesses and building owners within the business corridor geography to pursue projects that would have been delayed or not considered feasible, due to the cost.
Total ARRA funding for the grant program was $1,125,000. The goals of the program are to: 
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Improve the marketability of older buildings to attract new businesses and investors to the priority corridors
  • Create an incentive to retain existing businesses in the priority corridors
  • Create a better work environment
  • Support emerging local technologies
  • Promote infill development in the distressed business districts

The Commercial Building Retrofit Program is centered around two main components: commercial building upgrades and multifamily building upgrades. 
Commercial Building Component: This component was made available to commercial building owners located in the City's Business Corridor Revitalization Geography.
Multifamily Building Component: This component was designed to improve the energy efficiency of existing apartment complexes and multi-family housing units within the City's Business Corridor Revitalization Geography. 

The grant recipients include:

  • Phat Pheatures – HVAC upgrades/ door replacement
  • Chimneys Apartments – Window and door replacement/insulation installation
  • Forms & Supply – Lighting upgrades
  • Balfour Beatty Construction – Skylight addition/lighting upgrades/mecoshade installation
  • Electrical Distributors, Inc. – Skylight and solotube addition/lighting upgrades/tankless water system installation
  • Dest Dental Management – Building upgrades/skylight addition/HVAC upgrades/lighting upgrades
  • Applegate Group, LLC – Solar array installation/building upgrades
  • Mechanical Contractors, Inc. – Solar array installation/building upgrades/lighting upgrades
  • Golden Age Properties – Solar array installation/building upgrades/lighting upgrades/HVAC upgrades
  • MW Group, LLC – HVAC upgrades/insulation installation
  • Brookhill Village Two, LLC – HVAC upgrades
  • MV Tryon – Appliance upgrades
  • Robert Terry Drakeford – Insulation installation/window and door upgrades 


Funded by a grant from the US Department of Energy, The Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program is one of 17 City of Charlotte projects to receive funding through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, part of the American Resource and Recovery Act. To learn more about Charlotte’s energy strategy, visit www.Power2Charlotte.com.