AEA has extended the open application period for the USDA-funded Commercial Building Energy Audit program for commercially owned buildings and fishing vessels located in rural Alaska, i.e., outside of the Municipality of Anchorage. The program is open until June 24, 2019 or until all program funds are expended. Funds are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Please refer to the Request for Applications.
The Commercial Building Energy Audit program will pay up to 75% of the cost of an ASHRAE Level 1+ or targeted Level 2 energy audit performed on privately-owned commercial buildings or fishing vessels. The Level 1+ audit cost is set by the building size and ranges from $600 for buildings less than 3,000 square feet up to $5,000 for 50,000 square foot buildings. Level 1+ audits for buildings over 50,000 square feet, Level 2 audits and audits of non-propulsion systems on fishing vessels will be quoted on a case-by-case basis.
Nonresidential buildings consume more than half the building energy use in Alaska, and the majority of these buildings are privately owned. The energy audit report will identify the costs and benefits of energy upgrades and are required for building owners to apply for the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants, which fund up to 25% of the cost of the energy upgrades analyzed in the report.
Results of past similar programs indicate average energy savings of roughly 1/3 resulting from economic efficiency investments with average simple paybacks of just over six years.