NextEnergy and Habitat for Humanity Canada

April 21, 2009 13:01 ET

NextEnergy announces national partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Donation of geothermal systems, expertise will improve sustainability

Attention: Agriculture Editor, Education Editor, Environment Editor, Energy Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ELMIRA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - Elmira, ON - April 22 - NextEnergy Inc. today announced the formation of a partnership with Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Canada, that will enhance Habitat's ability to build sustainable, energy efficient homes for low income families across the country.

The partnership is a 5-year, multi-faceted commitment. Every year for the next five years, NextEnergy will donate a fully installed geothermal heating and cooling system for use in a newly-constructed Habitat for Humanity house. In addition, all Habitat for Humanity Canada affiliates will benefit from a NextEnergy national program.

Protecting the environment and employing sustainable building practices is an issue that is increasingly important to Habitat for Humanity in Canada, and for Canadians in general.

"We're thrilled to have this program in place," said NextEnergy President, Randal Palach. "We have long admired the work of Habitat for Humanity, and most recently for improving sustainability in their homes, particularly from an energy standpoint. It feels great to be working together to help them achieve their goals."

Individual homes leveraging a NextEnergy geothermal system will boost energy-efficiency by up to 70% and reduce green house gas emissions by up to three tonnes per year. This is important, particularly for low-income families, because energy efficient homes heating with geothermal reduce homeowner costs, making a tremendous improvement in affordability.

"Low-income households face real challenges in maintaining affordable shelter due to the impact of increasing utility costs, often coined as 'Energy Poverty," said Stewart Hardacre, President and COO for Habitat for Humanity Canada. "NextEnergy's support for sustainable building practices through this partnership will help us provide more sustainable and affordable homes to families in need, lowering the cost of energy and maintenance, and ultimately helping us to reduce our impact on the environment," continues Hardacre.

Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Conestoga commented, "This generous contribution by NextEnergy will not only lower construction costs incurred by Habitat for Humanity Canada, it will make heating costs more affordable for families in need, and lower Canada's carbon footprint. We are blessed to have such a good corporate citizen in our community."

Another important aspect of the NextEnergy commitment includes training and education sessions for all Habitat for Humanity Canada affiliates in the form of webinars, and regional visits for one-on-one sessions. NextEnergy Dealers, friends and family can also help financially, contributing to affordable, sustainable homebuilding through the NextEnergy Fundraising Campaign. Please visit www.nextenergy.ca/habitatforhumanitycanada.html to contribute. Both organizations look forward to realizing the benefits of their partnership in the coming years and are continuing to explore ideas for future programs.

NextEnergy Contact
Randal Palach
President, NextEnergy Inc, 800-367-9810, Ext. 233
rpalach@nextenergy.ca

Habitat for Humanity Canada Contact
Elizabeth Sharp
National Director, Marketing
Habitat for Humanity Canada
Habitat pour l'humanité Canada
lsharp@habitat.ca
Telephone: 416-644-0988 Ext. 322
Toll Free: 1-800-667-5137
www.habitat.ca

About NextEnergy Inc.
NextEnergy Incorporated is the Canadian leader in geothermal for the home. NextEnergy geothermal systems allow you to utilize the earths naturally occurring energy to keep your home comfortable year round, at the same time substantially reducing your energy consumption and cost. NextEnergy has a national network of authorized dealers and the latest in innovative geothermal products to help you achieve your comfort and home energy goals. Further information is available at nextenergy.ca.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada
Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The mission of the organization is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in 1985, consists of over 35,000 volunteers and 72 affiliate organizations from coast to coast, and is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which spans 93 countries, has built over 300,000 homes, and is now building a new home every 10 minutes.
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