Local Energy Alliance Program

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The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is a Charlottesville based nonprofit that offers energy audits on homes in Charlottesville, Albemarle County and northern Virginia with the goal of increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy costs. LEAP's mission is to lead the effort in local communities to implement energy efficient and renewable technologies in buildings; to promote cost savings for families and businesses, job creation, energy self-reliance, and local economic development; and to mitigate climate change. 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, Lee Enterprises, November 28, 2010, retrieved November 29, 2010.