Consumers Energy, a Michigan public utility, has reached another milestone in energy savings for non-profits with free upgrades to 541 nonprofits and houses of worship in 41 counties across Michigan during 2016..
Called Nonprofit and House of Worship Initiative, it was launched four years ago to help food pantries, The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, churches, senior centers and others. These organizations got free energy efficiency upgrades and incentives for projects that amounted to more than $975,000 in 2016.
In total, more than 1,300 places of worship and nonprofit organizations across Michigan have been saving more than $1.5 million on their energy bills each year since 2013. This way, nonprofits can save money and focus their financial resources on their actual work. Consumers Energy has spent $2.375 million on the projects.
Kent County was the region with most retrofit projects, totalling 115. It was followed by Genesee County (83) and Jackson County (42).
The project has grown steadily since its incipiency, with support from Michigan Interfaith Power and Light to identify houses of worship that can reduce their costs. 285 houses of worship in 41 counties were able to reduce electricity costs this year alone.
The organizations are also benefitting from efficiency upgrades to help businesses and households to lower their energy bills. The company has helped its Michigan customers save over $1 billion through energy efficiency since 2009.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to help organizations that form the backbone of the Michigan communities we serve,” Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president of energy supply operations, said in a statement. “These nonprofits are making use of energy efficiency upgrades that we provide for free, eliminating any upfront costs and reducing their energy bills for years to come.”
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