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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, August 1, 2016

Local Contractors Recognized for Energy Efficient Projects

Central Coast, Calif., July 26, 2016– The Tri-County-operated emPower program has recognized several local contractors for their dedication to affordable, energy efficient home upgrades.

emPower teams with qualified contractors to assist interested homeowners in completing projects that will make their homes more comfortable, energy efficient and safer, such as insulation and furnace replacement. emPower presented plaques of appreciation to six of its participating contractors serving the Tri-Counties for diligence in meeting strict efficiency guidelines and ensuring homeowners receive the right upgrades to meet their needs.

The recognized contractors include:

· Allen Energy

· Halsell Builders

· N.R.G Heating & Air

· Progressive Insulation and Windows

· The Solar Energy Company

· Troy Helton, Jr. (recognition presented posthumously)

emPower offers free energy consultations from experienced Energy Coaches who can further connect homeowners with qualified contractors, utility incentives and low-interest unsecured financing. For more information for homeowners and the community, visit www.empowersbc.org.

emPower qualified contractors may participate in one or more of the tri-counties. For more information about how to become a participating contractor, visit www.empowersbc.org/contractors or call 805-568-3566.

About emPower Central Coast

The emPower program offers voluntary incentives, financing and other services to help single-family homeowners in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties make home energy upgrades easier and more affordable. emPower was originally established by Santa Barbara County to help the community preserve the environment by helping to lower energy consumption and stimulate the economy by creating jobs through innovative, voluntary solutions to support a sustainable building performance market.

emPower is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison Company and Pacific Gas and Electric Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission, the US Department of Energy Better Buildings program and the California Energy Commission with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars. emPower’s low cost financing is offered in partnership with Coast Hills Credit Union and Ventura County Credit Union. More information at www.empowersbc.org.

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