RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont utility and a city are going to give away a brand new, energy efficient fossil-fuel free home as part of an effort to revitalize the community.

On Monday, officials with Green Mountain Power, the city of Rutland and others marked the start of the contest by beginning the demolition of a dilapidated house to make way for the 1,500-square-foot New England farmhouse.

The contest is open to any U.S. citizen over age 21. Organizers want a 500-word essay explaining why the applicant would want to live in Rutland and what they could bring to the community.

Rutland has been working for years to reverse a slow population decline and to revitalize the city while GMP has been working to make the city an energy efficiency showcase.