By Lisa Isaacs
As published in Ledger Dispatch 12/3/2015
An established Jackson business recently contracted with Alpine County to provide its residents with new heating systems at significant cost savings. Sierra Hearth & Home on Highway 49 is now offering customer services for Alpine County’s Woodstove Replacement Program, available through next summer.
Program funding is limited to a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. Anyone in Alpine County who would like to replace a wood-burning system (stove or fireplace) with a new, EPA-compliant wood, pellet or gas system is advised to immediately contact a participating business. In addition to Sierra Hearth & Home in Jackson, South Y Fireplace in South Lake Tahoe has also contracted with Alpine County to provide program services.
Available funds were provided through a recent agreement between the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District. As part of the agreement, the allotted funds must be spent on air pollution prevention projects throughout the Air District.
With several hundred thousand dollars between them, District board members from Alpine County, Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes chose to spend their “Environmental Public Benefit Funds” on replacing wood-burning systems with new, much cleaner and more efficient heating systems.
To be eligible for replacement costs, an existing wood-burning system (stove or fireplace) must be located in Alpine County and it must be a building’s main heat source – residential or commercial. Specifically, pre-1990 wood-burning stoves and fireplaces may qualify for $1,500 toward the cost of a new EPA-compliant wood-burning stove or fireplace; or alternatively, $2,000 toward a new pellet or gas system. For wood-burning stoves or fireplaces manufactured and installed after 1990, $2,000 may be available toward the cost of a new and much cleaner-burning pellet or gas heating system.
Subsidized amounts are paid by Alpine County to participating retailers upon install completion, and not to individuals or property owners. Shared costs will be required, with amounts dependent on product selections and specific job needs. All replaced stoves must also be relinquished and new installations permitted by the Alpine County Building Department, including smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.
For more information, including product selections and installation services, visit Sierra Hearth & Home on Highway 49 in Jackson. Call Shirley Hampton at (209) 223-4007; or South Y Fireplace at the Y in South Lake Tahoe. Call Laray Taylor at (530) 541-6833.
While there are more businesses surrounding Alpine County providing heating supplies and services, Sierra Hearth & Home in Jackson and South Y Fireplace are the only contracted service providers. All other qualified retailers in the region opted out, citing remote location challenges and “enough existing business.”
For more information, contact Alpine County’s Woodstove Replacement Program Administrator at (760) 914-0388.