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A $34 million initiative will make low-interest loans available for energy efficiency improvements to small businesses and existing homes.

The Efficiency Kansas loan program, developed by the State Energy Office, uses federal stimulus money that is part of the American Recovery and Investment Act.

It is designed as a public-private partnership, with the loans accessed through private-sector lenders and utilities, and with business generated for energy auditors and local contractors.

Efficiency Kansas will finance up to $30,000 for approved projects in small commercial and industrial structures (using residential-sized heating and air-conditioning equipment) and up to $20,000 for approved projects in existing homes.

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