MEMPHIS, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority announced Wednesday, Dec. 19, that it is expanding its support of residents interested in making energy upgrades to their homes by providing funding to benefit more than 100 additional, qualified families in the Memphis area.
This year, the City of Memphis Weatherization Assistance Program received over 600 applications and secured funding from TVA’s Home Uplift Program to weatherize 90 homes. The additional $1 million TVA is providing will benefit 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 will begin in January and run through the summer of 2019. 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 that will not only allow us to help more families, but lift up the community as a whole.”
In March, TVA announced a $1 million investment in the MLGW Share the Pennies program for 2018 and 2019. This partnership with Memphis Light Gas and Water and the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association provides no-cost energy upgrades to qualified Share the Pennies applicants. TVA is also piloting similar weatherization programs with local power companies in other areas around the Tennessee Valley.
TVA and partners are looking for local area contractors to support the upgrades. Contractors interested in participating should call (888) 986-7262 for more information.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
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