Johnstown has a lot of very affordable housing, but the housing stock is generally very old and not very energy efficient. The percentage of income devoted to paying energy bills is 3.5 times higher in low income households than average households. Saving energy puts money back in families pockets, which they can spend on other things, and creates jobs in the process.
The vision of Re-Energize Johnstown is to create a significant economic boost for the community by encouraging and facilitating major investments in energy efficiency and solar energy, targeted at low-income households, small businesses, and public institutions such as schools and government buildings.
This program will create jobs in the clean energy sector, ensuring local job-seekers have access to those jobs, and helping low-income residents, schools, and taxpayers save money on their utility bills.
“Jobs in solar energy and efficiency are growing fast, and we can do more in Johnstown to take advantage of this trend. We can make our homes safer, healthier, and cheaper to run, and we can turn every building into a small power plant, all while creating jobs for local workers with different sets of skills.”
This summer we received a grant from the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund to help us create a needs assessment and strategic plan, and that study will begin in October.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Our capture team includes educators, government agencies, business people, and community representatives who have experience in energy efficiency and solar, or ideas about how to make it available to more people. We can always use people who are enthusiastic about this field.