NHD, which applied for the Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers grant on behalf of local weatherization agencies, will administer the funds and the amount to be received by each agency to help Nevadans within the low- to-moderate income range reduce their homes’ energy usage.

NHD will utilize the $7m grant to install in-home energy monitors, PV systems, solar water heaters, heat pumps, residential wind turbines, and perform deep-efficiency retrofits.

The $7m grant forms a part of nearly $120m in awards that DOE is providing to complement and expand the existing weatherization programs, and deliver greater energy bill savings for local families.

Nevada governor Jim Gibbons said that despite unwarranted, harsh criticism from legislative leadership, the Nevada Housing Division has done an outstanding job and is a national leader and role model in the federal Weatherization Assistance Program.

“Clearly the efforts of Housing Division employees are helping thousands of Nevada families each day through reduced energy consumption and cost as a result of these projects,” Gibbons said.