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Fall River EcoSolutions (FRES) is a start-up green non-profit venture that uses an innovative energy efficiency product to both produce employment for young people coming from disadvantaged backgrounds and communities while reducing energy usage.
FRES manufactures and installs "advanced energy panels", a type of energy efficient alternative to a replacement window. AEPs are lower cost, fit on the inside of existing windows, are easy to install, and are highly efficient. AEPs were invented by a businessman in upstate New York who is partnering with FRES and YouthBuild USA to create employment for previously disconnected at risk young people like YouthBuild graduates who have turned their lives around, acquired skills and are ready to work. (For those not familiar with YouthBuild, visit www.youthbuild.org.)
The AEPs are attractive to any homeowner with drafty windows, to owners of commercials with old windows or with windows that cannot be replaced easily (such as historic buildings),and in many other settings. YouthBuild USA is the parent sponsor of this pilot effort. We believe that FRES can be replicated to scale around the country at many of over 270 local YouthBuild programs in the US.