Monday, January 26, 2009

It's Jeff Morris Day in the TEC Committee

And it's not even his birthday.

It was, however, a day chock full of Morris bills in the committee: four of his proposals were given public hearings. Among them, an interesting bill that would create a new sustainable-energy trust for the state.

The voluntary program would allow the Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development (CTED) to offer low-interest loans to private home and commercial-building owners for energy-efficient or renewable energy improvements. In return, property owners who opt for the loans would pay back the costs for the improvements as part of their property taxes over a 20-year period.

The improvements cover a wide range of materials, devices, and systems, from storm windows and doors, automatic heating or air conditioning systems, to solar panels, wind energy, and even biomass and geothermal energy systems.

Read more about the proposal here.