MDHA Geothermal Technologies Program Geothermal Project

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Project Title MDHA Geothermal Technologies Program
Project Type / Topic 1 Recovery Act – Geothermal Technologies Program: Ground Source Heat Pumps
Project Type / Topic 2 Topic Area 1: Technology Demonstration Projects
Project Description It is the goal and expectation of MDHA to improve the tenants' comfort and living conditions through this project. The most advanced GHP systems available (as feasible) will be used in order to improve the energy efficiency of these properties and use the cost savings to fund future property upgrades.
State Tennessee
Objectives - Install ground-source heat pumps (GHPs)

- Monitor their energy efficiency and technological benefits

Awardees (Company / Institution) Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency
Awardee Website
Partner 1 Siemens Building Technologies
Partner 2 Oak Ridge National Laboratories
Partner 3 Nashville Electric Service

Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000116
DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $1,800,000.00
Awardee Cost Share $1,800,000.00
Total Project Cost $3,600,000.00

Principal Investigator(s) Phil Ryan, Executive Director

Targets / Milestones This project will achieve the objective by installing and monitoring GHPs at two housing sites owned and managed by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA). The project sites are the I.W. Gernett Homes, with 72 living unites, and Edgefield Manor, with 112 units. MDHA believes that these properties are great candidates for this program. The homes are occupied by elderly tenants and the apartments need complete HVAC system retrofits.

Location of Project Nashville, TN

Impacts Project offers potential to increase GHP visbilility and adoption in public housing space, which is an excellent target for GHPs and other renewable and efficient energy technologies. Project uses energy performance contract financing, a popular method to revitalize low-income facilities.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]


  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs