When Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) learned about an East Garfield Park resident’s plan to cut energy costs, he started looking for ways West Side residents could afford to install the same technology, he told our partners at the Austin Weekly News.
By using a hybrid wind turbine and solar panel system, Annette Britton has cut electricity costs by 30 percent. But the system came with a $30,000 price tag.
Ervin told the Austin Weekly News he is currently working on a proposal with the city’s Department of Environment and the Department of Housing and Economic Development, which oversees the city’s TIF program, to help pay for the cost of these systems in residential settings.
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