Local Energy Alliance Program

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The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is a program to encourage and coordinate energy audits on homes in Charlottesville and Albemarle County to find out if energy usage could be reduced. LEAP make loans to the homeowners to help them cover the cost of energy-saving improvements. The organization is co-located with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.


Lesley Crowther Fore, Executive Director


In summer 2009, Charlottesville and Albemarle County were awarded a $500,000 grant from the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) to launch a the new service. The Blue Moon Fund has given an additional $100,000. In August 2010, LEAP received a $1.9 million award fromthe U.S. Department of Energy to improve the efficiency of multi-family homes in Charlottesville and the Hampton Roads area[1].

2010 contest

In 2010, homeowners in Charlottesville and Albemarle County participated in a 'home energy makeover' contest that offered $10,000 in energy-efficiency improvements. The Charlottesville winners were Susan and Mike Krause of Belmont, and the Albemarle County winners are Mark and Estelle Brooks[2].


  1. "Energy Upgrades for Low-income Housing Get Boost | Daily Progress." Home | Daily Progress. 26 Aug. 2010. Web. 27 Aug. 2010. <http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2010/aug/26/energy-upgrades-low-income-housing-get-boost-ar-474912/>.
  2. Web. Belmont contest winners making home more energy efficient, Rachana Dixit, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 28, 2010, retrieved November 29, 2010.