TVA Invests in Memphis Home Weatherization

TVA has announced it is supporting residents interested in making energy upgrades to their homes by providing funding that benefits more than 100 qualified families in the Memphis area. 

JANUARY 18, 2019—The City of Memphis Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) received more than 600 applications and secured funding from the Tennessee Housing and Development Agency to weatherize 90 homes in 2018. Now TVA is providing $1 million to benefit an additional 100 WAP applicants who are currently on the waiting list for the services.

“We are changing people’s lives one home at a time,” said Frank Rapley, TVA senior manager, EnergyRight Solutions. “By investing in home energy upgrades, we are helping our neighbors save money on their power bills, live healthier and enjoy a better quality of life.”

Home assessments and upgrades began in January and will run through the summer. Upgrades could include HVAC repair and/or replacement, insulation, air penetration reduction, windows and doors and minor health and safety repairs that may be necessary to enable the energy upgrades.

“Improving housing directly strengthens our community,” said Mark Creech, TVA executive director in Memphis. “We are thrilled that TVA can provide additional funding to help more families and lift up the community as a whole.”

Back in March 2018, TVA also announced a $1 million investment in the MLGW Share the Pennies program for 2018 and 2019. That partnership with Memphis Light Gas and Water and the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association provided no-cost energy upgrades to qualified Share the Pennies applicants.

TVA is piloting similar weatherization programs with local power companies in other areas around the Tennessee Valley.