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 Kruse Belmont, and the Albemarle County winners were Mark and Estelle Brooks[2].


In January 2021, Albemarle County entered into a partnership with Local Energy Alliance Program and Albemarle Housing Improvement Program where the county would fund $250,000 in retrofits for existing county homes to increase energy efficiency. This is a program that came out of Albemarle's Climate Action Plan. [3]


"In 2023, LEAP connected residents across the income spectrum with funded energy efficiency service programs and renewable energy programs, including 12 market-rate installations through Solarize Charlottesville and 21 installations through Dominion Energy's Low-Income Solar program. They also insulated 53 homes, installed 56 heat pumps and replaced 37 thermostats in the City, all of which are important home energy savings measures."[4]


  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.
  3. Web. FES Quarterly Report - January 2021, Quarterly Report, Albemarle County Department of Facilities and Environmental Services, January 2021, retrieved January 20, 2021.
  4. Web. [https://charlottesvilleva.portal.civicclerk.com/event/2029/files/report/1938 Resolutions to appropriate $130,713 from the 2024 City Climate Protection Program – Program Support Grant with LEAP (2nd reading], retrieved June 16, 2024.