U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and Senator Jack Reed recently announced that over 100 apartments in Warwick, Rhode Island will become greener and more energy efficient as a result of $1.4 million in Recovery Act funding being awarded to Shalom Apartments, a senior housing development. Retrofits will produce major system upgrades including the installation of a 37-meter Northwind 100 wind turbine to take advantage of Rhode Island’s coastal winds to generate 80% of the property’s common area electricity, installation of high-efficiency condensing boilers for heat and hot water, installation of high-efficiency refrigerators in all units, replacement of old toilets with low-flush toilets and other water-saving devices, replacement of old petroleum-based vinyl flooring with recycled tile and Marmoleum flooring, and use of low-VOC paints,adhesives and sealants throughout.
“This Recovery Act funding will not only improve the quality of life for residents of Shalom Apartments, but will also lower energy costs and create quality green jobs at the same time.” said Secretary Donovan. “This is an example of the kind of long-term, fundamental impact the Recovery Act is having on America’s economy through clean energy investments.”
“I am pleased that Shalom Housing was selected for this federal grant and I applaud Secretary Donovan and the Obama Administration for making smart investments in clean energy technology that will create jobs now and strengthen our energy independence over the long haul,” said U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who supported the Recovery Act funding.