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Grant funds home energy audit equipment

A $5,250 grant from the Minnesota Office of Energy Security will allow Minnesota State Community and Technical College to obtain equipment to train students and private contractors to conduct home energy audits.

G.L. Tucker, director of manufacturing and technical products with M State's Custom Training Services, said the college previously received grant funds that paid for home energy efficiency training for Alan Linda, the instructor in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning program on the Wadena campus.

The additional grant funds will allow Linda to be credentialed as an instructor by Builders Professional Institute, the national standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work.

Tucker said $250 of the grant will pay for Linda's certification by BPI, and $5,000 will be used to purchase energy audit equipment to instruct students in the HVAC program.

"Students in the program will graduate with the training to do energy auditing," Tucker said. It's expected that demand for the training will grow as home energy efficiency needs expand.

Tucker anticipates that, in the future, the equipment purchased with the grant will also be used for training private contractors through the college's Custom Training Services.