Our story began in the fall of 2009, when the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle jointly applied for and won a competitive grant to fund a community-based energy efficiency organization. After the formation of our Governance Board, LEAP became an officially recognized 501c3 nonprofit in 2010. The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) began its highly successful path of home energy upgrades by launching its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in July 2010, followed by a program for commercial property owners in 2011, and the start of renewable services with the first Solarize campaign in 2014. more