High Performance Building Incentives Program
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|Program Name||High Performance Building Incentives Program|
|Program Administrator||Department of Community and Economic Development|
|Budget||$25 million (grants and loans combined)|
|Last updated||May 4th, 2015|
In July 2008, Pennsylvania enacted a broad $650 million alternative energy bill designed to provide support for a variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Included in this legislation was a provision authorizing the creation of a $25 million grant and loan program for high performance buildings. The program is jointly administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), under the direction of Commonwealth Finance Authority (CFA). Program guidelines were issued in April 2009 and revised in November 2009. Incentives are available to both in-state small businesses (100 or fewer total employees) and individuals for the construction or major renovation of homes or commercial buildings. Homes must be primary residences in order to be eligible.
The individual support mechanisms are described in more detail below. For all types of support, there is a general requirement that applicants provide matching funds equivalent to the funding offered under the program.
|Incentive Amount||Vary by project, but program generally requires matching funds at least equivalent to DCED funding|
|Maximum Incentive||Residential loans/loan guarantees: $100,000|
Commercial loans/loan guarantees: $2 million
Grants: Lesser of 10% of project costs or $500,000
|Equipment Requirements||Projects must achieve minimum certification under LEED, Green Globes, or the National Green Building standard (e.g., Gold under LEED NC); projects must also meet additional requirements in certain categories.|