Topeka — Six months after the start of a $34 million program to make Kansas homes more energy efficient and create more jobs, only 13 people have been helped and few jobs have been created, according to a news report.
News of the slow progress prompted concern from Gov. Mark Parkinson’s office.
“These issues must be addressed and we must make sure that resources are put to use as quickly as possible to create jobs and continue our economic turnaround,” said Parkinson’s spokesman, Seth Bundy.
The Efficiency Kansas program was funded with $34 million from the federal stimulus plan. The program was touted as a way to provide low-interest loans to qualified Kansans for energy efficiency improvements in their homes and businesses. The program also was expected to create or save 1,000 jobs.
So far, however, only 13 people have been helped, according to a report by KSN-TV in Wichita. And the program has created 11.6 jobs.
The station found dissatisfaction among some people who participated in the program because of delays in installing equipment, and energy auditors, who said the paperwork to apply for the program was excessive.
Ryan Freed, who is in charge of Efficiency Kansas, said that the program is working and that it takes time to gain momentum.