Gov McKee, Office of Energy Resources, RIHousing announce zero-energy housing funds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Governor McKee, the Office of Energy Resources (OER), and RIHousing have announced funding awards to develop high energy efficient housing for low and moderate income residents.

The Zero Energy for the Ocean State (ZEOS) program is a joint partnership between the public-sector and the Office of Energy Resources, RIHousing, and National Grid.

OER and RIHousing will award $750,000 in funding to three developers to build throughout the states rural, suburban, and urban parts of the state.

According to RIHousing the three projects are broken down as follows,

  • Brookside Terrace II (Dakota Partners): construction of a 48-unit, garden-style rental housing development in East Greenwich. The development includes one-bedroom and two-bedroom units for households earning less than 60% AMI (Area Median Income). Dakota Partners will also be achieving PHIUS (Passive House) certification and is committed to providing much-needed affordable housing in the East Greenwich area.
  • Lockwood Plaza (WinnCompanies): retrofit of sixteen (16) low rise, townhouse-style units in Providence. Lockwood Plaza will serve as a demonstration project for the state as the developer will rehabilitate existing brick buildings by adding exterior insulation, solar PV, and electrifying the building to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Bourne Mills III (The Armory Revival Company (TARC): construction of a 59-unit apartment building adjacent to Historic Bourne Mill in Tiverton. Forty-seven (47) units will be restricted to tenants that earn 60% or less AMI with the remaining 12 units restricted to tenants earning 120% or less AMI. TARC has also committed to meeting PHIUS certification and the RI Stretch Code.

Developers must commit to constructing affordable, Zero Energy Buildings, meaning the total amount of energy used by a building on an annual bases is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on site. Developers must also participate in National Grid’s Residential New Construction Program, working with program partners throughout design, construction, and data collection.

“Addressing climate change and creating more affordable housing are two key priorities for my Administration,” said Governor Dan McKee. “This effort is a perfect example of sustainable and innovative growth in those areas that in turn will provide affordable housing for Rhode Islanders and help us reach our bold but necessary climate change target. I want to thank the Office of Energy Resources, RIHousing, and all of the partners who collaborated on this program to benefit Rhode Islanders now and in the future.”

“As Rhode Island works to meet its net-zero emissions target by 2050, the state must accelerate its investment in cost-effective, clean energy solutions that reduce energy consumption and costs, shrink our carbon footprint, and grow good-paying jobs. The ZEOS project builds upon the momentum of recent successes in growing our green energy economy, while supporting the expansion of more affordable housing options for Rhode Islanders,” said State Energy Commissioner Nicholas S. Ucci.

“RIHousing is committed to developing affordable, well designed and sustainable homes and communities for Rhode Islanders,” said Carol Ventura, Executive Director at RIHousing. “This multi-agency investment will create replicable models for sustainable development while also helping to reduce the collective carbon footprint of the state and reducing energy costs for residents.”




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