Indow Windows lands Clean Energy Works approval
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Indow Windows will now sell its inserts through the Clean Energy Works Oregon program.
Indow Windows announced this week it will team with Neil Kelly Company and Clean Energy Works Oregon to start selling its energy efficient window inserts through the popular financing program.
Clean Energy Works, which started as a pilot program in Portland and has expanded across the state, offers low-cost financing for efficiency upgrades that are paid back over time.
Indow Windows, fresh from advancing to the national finals of the Cleantech Open venture capital competition, had been working to become an approved product under Clean Energy Works since shortly after its launch last year.
"The No. 1 source of discomfort among homeowners is drafty windows," said Sam Pardue, founder and CEO of Indow Windows. "(Clean Energy Works) saw the need and there was customer frustration with the options that were available."
Indow Windows, which are custom manufactured to fit inside windows, offer the energy efficiency of double-pane windows without the cost associated with a full window replacement. The price of the inserts are about $20 per square foot.
The Clean Energy Works approval comes as Indow Windows is poised to expand across the state, having signed on distribution partners for Salem, Astoria, Hood River, Eugene and Bend.
The North Portland company, which has 12 employees and is recruiting more, also has completed a custom software to automate the process of taking in exact measurements for building the custom inserts.
"That puts us in a position to scale up," Pardue said. He added that he's already in conversations to expand Indow Windows' reach into the Seattle market.
Indow Windows' manufacturing facility on North Interstate Avenue will be able to accommodate the company's growth into markets from British Columbia to San Francisco. Pardue has his eye on the East Coast for a second expansion phase.
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