Information for Contractors
The Metropolitan Energy Center is dedicated to fostering an energy efficiency industry in Missouri and Kansas. The programs listed below are opportunities for certified contractors to work as energy auditors and install residential energy efficient upgrades.
Because we are also dedicated to building jobs and a stronger economy in the urban core, we encourage the participation of MBE/WBE certified businesses in our programs.
Please note: If you are a minority or woman owned business, but are not certified with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, please contact the Human Relations Department of Kansas City, Missouri. You can download this file about the MBE/WBE program or visit their website.
Dear Residential and/or Business Owner: The list of companies in the Certified Contractor List link have met the minimum requirements to perform Home Performance with Energy Star assessments (energy audits). Additionally, some members practice specific trades. Please contact any of our certified listed professionals to start improving your home’s comfort and energy efficiency with Home Performance with Energy Star.
Dear Contractor: If you’re interested in being listed in the “Certified Contractor List,” Please see the Requirements subhead listed under the HPWES heading below. If you would like to offer suggestions to our program(s), download and answer our questionnaire. Please type “Questionnaire” in the subject line and submit it to email@example.com as an attachment.
HPwES Qualifying Work Standards | QA Checklist | Health and Safety Priority List | Appliance and Flue Checklist | Combustion Air Calculator | HPwES Terms and Conditions | DIY Rebate Request Form | HPWES Post Audit Form
Loan Doc Saving Sheet(.pdf) | Loan Doc App Instructions(.pdf) | Loan Doc Authorization Release (.pdf) | Loan Doc App. Pt. 1 (.pdf) | Loan Doc App. Pt. 2 (.pdf) | Financing Incentives (.pdf) | EWKC Historical Review Form | Fuel Release Form – Authorization to Release Account Information
The Home Performance with Energy Star (HPWES) program is a collaboration between Missouri Gas Energy, Kansas City Power & Light, and the Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC). The program is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) and is part of the government’s ENERGY STAR program.
The rebate portion of the HPWES program is only for residents of Missouri, but HPWES contractors also work in Kansas and Nebraska. Homeowners can qualify for up to $1,200 in utility bill credits if they get an energy audit and then install certain qualifying improvements in their homes. To see what home improvements qualify or how the program works for homeowners, view the Application. You can also read the brochure.
Initially, this was a voluntary program using the MoDNR and ENERGY STAR guidelines. Auditors were certified through the MEC and offered comprehensive energy audits utilizing the “whole-house” approach, and contractors reported these early HPWES audits on a voluntary basis. By the fall of 2009, both MGE and KCP&L began offering financial assistance for audits and qualifying work through the HPWES program in order to offset homeowners’ costs and increase participation.
The HPWES contractor network holds several meetings each year. Topics include changes to the HPWES program, training, and upcoming energy efficiency-related programs.
NEW CHANGES TO HPWES
On January 21st, 2011, the HPWES program changed its rebate structure to encourage higher energy savings. While homeowners can still receive up to $1200 total, the program is shifting towards more performance-based criteria. Also, participating contractors are now required to pass a background check, provide proof of liability and auto insurance, and sign the Participation Agreement.
MARCH 9TH, 2011
On March 9th, 2011, a bi-monthly meeting for HPwES contractors was held. Topics included branding and other related energy efficiency programs. The meeting’s presentation can be downloaded (pdf).
In order to join the HPWES contractor network, auditors must meet the following criteria (Click Here to Print Requirements Checklist):
Note – Homeowners can release their utility bill credits over to contractors. This way homeowners can minimize upfront costs associated with participating in the program. However any contractor wanting to receive “Payment Release” checks from the utilities through the HPWES program, must complete background checks for all staff entering homes as part of the program. This includes assistants and installers.
In addition, new contractors to the HPWES network must complete the following:
- Attend an orientation with the MEC about the Midwest HPWES program and guidelines for participation.
- Receive mentoring by the MEC on the first three HPwES audits that the contractor evaluates and on which recommended home improvement services are rendered, and receive a positive evaluation from the MEC on all three mentoring sessions.
For more information on how to become a certified contractor, please contact the MEC.
Contractor Qualification Forms
The background check disclosure and application forms (see below) must be filled out and submitted as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. All information that contractors submit to the MEC will be kept confidential. The background check is mandatory for participating auditors and any other contractor wanting to participate in “Payment Release.” See the Requirements for more information.
- HPwES Auditor Introduction and Requirements
- Background Check Disclosure Form
- Background Check Application
- Summary of Rights (Information on the background check process)
- Notice to Users (Information on the background check process)
- HPWES Participation Agreement
(Must be signed and submitted to the MEC in order to participate. Last updated 3/14/2012)