The Metropolitan Energy Center is dedicated to fostering an energy efficiency industry in Missouri and Kansas. The programs listed below are opportunities for certified contractors to work as energy auditors and install residential energy efficient upgrades.
We are also dedicated to building jobs and a stronger economy for our urban core. Therefore, we encourage the participation of MBE/WBE certified businesses in our programs.
If you are a minority or woman owned business, but are not certified with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, please contact the Human Relations Department of Kansas City, Missouri. You can download this file about the MBE/WBE program or visit their website at:
Home Performance with Energy Star (HPWES) program is a collaboration between
Missouri Gas Energy
Kansas City Power & Light
, and the Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC). The program is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) and is part of the government’s ENERGY STAR program.
The rebate portion of the HPWES program is only for residents of Missouri, but
HPWES contractors also work in Kansas and Nebraska. Homeowners can qualify for up to
$1,200 in utility bill credits if they get an energy audit and then install certain
qualifying improvements in their homes. To see what home improvements qualify or how the program works for homeowners, see the
Initially, this was a voluntary program using the MoDNR and ENERGY STAR guidelines. Auditors were certified through the MEC and offered comprehensive energy audits utilizing the "whole-house" approach, and contractors reported these early HPWES audits on a voluntary basis. By the fall of 2009, both MGE and KCP&L began offering financial assistance for audits and qualifying work through the HPWES program in order to offset homeowners' costs and increase participation.
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HPWES contractor network holds several meetings each year. Topics include changes to the HPWES program, training, and upcoming energy efficiency-related programs.
NEW CHANGES TO HPWES
On January 21st, 2011, the HPWES program changed its rebate
structure to encourage higher energy savings. While homeowners can still receive up to $1200 total, the program is shifting towards more performance-based criteria.
Also, participating contractors are now required to pass a background check, provide proof of liability and auto insurance, and sign the
MARCH 9TH, 2011
On March 9th, 2011, a bi-monthly meeting for HPwES contractors was held. Topics included branding and other related energy efficiency programs. The meeting's presentation can be downloaded (pdf)
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contractors must meet the criteria listed in the Requirements
section in order to be on the "HPWES Contractor List" as a certified contractor.
In addition, new contractors to the HPWES network must complete the following:
Attend an orientation with the MEC about the Midwest HPWES program and guidelines
Receive mentoring by the MEC on the first three HPwES audits that the contractor evaluates and on
which recommended home improvement services are rendered, and receive a positive evaluation
from the MEC on all three mentoring sessions.
For more information on how to become a certified contractor, please contact the
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