Community Power Works Impact
Community Power Works is making dramatic energy efficiency improvements and creating lasting environmental and economic benefits for building owners and the broader community. Below is a snapshot of program accomplishments, as of March 31, 2013:
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Community Power Works energy upgrades completed and in progress include:
- 1,464 single-family homes
- 765 low-income multifamily housing units
- 1.1 million square feet of commercial property
- 24 small restaurants and grocery stores
- Three major hospitals - Harborview, Virginia Mason, and Swedish
- 26 City of Seattle buildings
Homeowners are seeing average energy savings of 30%, with more than 125 homes saving over 50%, and some saving up to 80%.
All Community Power Works upgrades completed to date and currently in progress will save:
- 170,900 MMBtu - the amount it takes to power 1,709 homes for a year, and
- 117,200 tons of greenhouse gas emissions - equivalent to removing 20,800 cars for one year
Community Power Works has already benefitted the local economy by:
- Creating over 164,700 hours of work performed by over 959 people, including 762 contractors and energy auditors.
- Partnering with local contractors - 92% are Puget Sound-based businesses.
- Partnering with small businesses - all home contractors are businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Over one-third are women, minority, veteran, or employee-owned.
Is Community Power Works done?
We're getting close. While 78% of our grant funding has been spent or committed to projects so far, Community Power Works will continue to test new models, provide innovative financing opportunities, and boost demand for energy efficiency upgrades through September 2013.
As of March 31, 2013:
TOTAL GRANT FUNDING: $21,500,000
SPENT TO DATE: $14,688,732
PROJECTS IN PROGRESS: $ 2,034,722
SPENT + PROJECTS IN PROGRESS: $ 16,723,454