Area businesses vie for share of project

Kathleen Conti, December 2, 2010. More than two dozen Merrimack Valley businesses will benefit from federal stimulus funds to improve their energy emissions in what could be a statewide model for mobilizing the private sector to increase participation in efficiency initiatives.

Energy audits of buildings will be provided for up to 25 companies selected by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, funded with $500,000 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money recently awarded to the chamber through the state Department of Energy Resource’s High Performance Buildings initiative.

[…] Joseph J. Bevilacqua, president and chief executive of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, said the funding, which runs until April 2012, has attracted applications from myriad local business owners interested in saving on energy costs to help their bottom lines during this slow economy. In partnership with Nexamp Inc., a North Andover renewable-energy consulting company, the chamber already has filled half of the slots, while other proposals are still being considered, Bevilacqua said. Link to Article