From RivCo: The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has awarded nearly $1 million to make homes in the Coachella Valley more energy efficient, improve air quality and reduce energy costs for residents.
The SCAQMD Governing Board, at its Jan. 4 meeting, voted to award $966,667 to Alcal Specialty Contracting for a residential energy efficiency retrofit program in the Coachella Valley.
The award comes a few months after Supervisor V. Manuel Perez joined SCAQMD’s board in September, and results from Supervisor Perez’s advocacy to dedicate resources from the air quality district to help eastern Riverside County residents have a role in improving air quality.
“I am pleased that air quality improvement funds will be directed to our region to help residents make their homes more energy efficient and reduce emissions, while also saving money on their utility bills,” said Supervisor Perez, a member of the SCAQMD Governing Board. “Retrofitting homes will reduce air pollution and, most importantly, improve public health for communities in the Coachella Valley and eastern Riverside County.”
This program expands an effort that was initially funded in 2015 and 2016. Under the original program, over 2,100 homes received a basic energy efficiency retrofit designed to save energy and help offset the emissions from the newly constructed Sentinel Energy Project in Desert Hot Springs. While serving in the California State Assembly, Perez authored legislation, AB 1318, which established a mitigation fund that was the funding source for the original project.
This award was among a larger package of measures evaluated by staff at the SCAQMD. Awards were based on how each project’s design contributed to the AQMD’s mandate to meet ambient air quality standards for fine particulates and ozone. Funds for the projects come from air quality penalty settlements, mitigation fees and other sources.
More information about the program, eligibility criteria and when it will start will be made available once guidelines are released.
Air Quality District Funds Valley Energy Efficiency Retrofits, by News Desk, The Patch, January 24, 2019.