Energy Upgrades are Underway to Benefit CAP Town Homes Renters

CLAYTON – Some exciting clean energy upgrades are taking place at our very first Community Housing Development – CAP Town Homes in Clayton, WI. CAP Town was developed in 1995 to provide affordable rental housing to the area, especially for families as these are 3-bedroom units. Thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA FOundation) and a Building Electrification Program grant from Elevate, we are working to fully electrify this property to reduce both the energy bills for tenants and greenhouse gas emissions for the planet.

The project includes converting 40k gas forced-air furnaces to air-source heat pumps for each of the two 4-plex buildings. Air-source heat pumps transfer heat energy between the building and the outside air and can deliver up to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes. They come with less safety hazards than gas systems, and the lifespan of these units can be as much as 50 years. Next on the list for 2024 are new electric water heaters, electric stoves, and plans are underway to bring ground-mounted solar to complete the property’s energy upgrades. A special thank you to Elevate and WHEDA who have helped make this project possible. For more information about these funders, click on their logo to visit their homepage.