Weatherization Roadblock Removal for Small Businesses
The CCF supported 12 roadblock remediation projects in FY23 for small businesses, environmental justice communities11, not-for-profit, and/or minority-owned organizations (Table 4). These projects combined will save 7,343 therms and 43.5 tons CO2 annually (870 tons across the measures’ lifetime). The 4 remaining projects in the FY23 pipeline will complete by the end of Q2 FY24. The CCF continues to pursue additional roadblock remediation opportunities with the Commercial Energy team.
Salvation Army – Springfield, MA
The Salvation Army thrift store and donation center in Springfield serve as a valuable resource for the local community, providing affordable household goods and clothing. As a non-profit organization, the store’s proceeds support various social welfare programs, including Adult Rehabilitation Centers that assist individuals struggling with addiction. Located in Springfield, MA, an environmental justice community1, the store plays a crucial role in serving the needs of the local population. The store occupies nearly 20,000 square feet of retail and storage space. An energy audit conducted by CET identified the need for insulation measures to improve the store’s energy efficiency. The store had already invested in heating equipment upgrades, but the full cost of the insulation measures presented a financial challenge. In the second quarter of FY23, the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) initiated a roadblock remediation project to assist the Salvation Army thrift store and donation center in covering the co-pay required for the installation of energy efficiency measures. The project aimed to overcome financial obstacles and support the store’s commitment to energy savings.
The cost of the energy efficiency measures was partially covered by Mass Save, an energy efficiency program. In addition, the roadblock remediation project contributed an extra $1,794 towards the total cost. These funding sources collectively enabled the successful completion of the project, resulting in savings of 864 therms and 5.05 tons CO2 annually (101 tons across the measures’ lifetime).
Westgate Lanes – Brockton, MA
Westgate Lanes is a small business: a family-friendly bowling alley, pub, and arcade in Brockton, MA. The business has been operating since 1959. Brockton, MA is an environmental justice community. Westgate Lane’s energy audit recommended pipe wrap as an energy efficiency measure with significant
savings. The owner had worked with CET previously on small projects but struggled to come up with the capital investment to pay the copay. In Q3 FY23, CET initiated a roadblock remediation project to help cover the co-pay for the efficiency measures. The project aimed to support the owner in realizing the energy savings potential and promoting sustainability. Mass Save covered a portion of the cost, and the fund contributed an additional $3,085
toward project expenses. These funding sources collectively enabled the successful completion of the project. The project was completed in Q4 FY23 with annual savings of 1,809 therms and 10.58 tons CO2 (211.60 tons across the measures’ lifetime).
To learn about more small businesses that recieved weatherization services funded by the Community Climate Fund, read the full report embedded below.