Alternative Energy in New State Construction (Texas)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Texas
Name Alternative Energy in New State Construction
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector State Government
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat, Wind, Unspecified technologies
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Requirement Economic analysis of renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies in state building projects; strategies must be implemented if determined to be cost-effective.

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-11-06

References DSIRE[1]


Texas requires state government departments to compare the cost of providing energy alternatives for new and reconstructed state government buildings and for certain construction or repair to energy systems and equipment. The governing body must determine economic feasibility of incorporating alternative energy for space heating and cooling, water heating, electricity, and/or interior lighting (i.e. the "function") by comparing the estimated cost of providing energy for the function using conventional design practices and energy systems with the estimated cost of providing energy for the function using energy efficient architecture and design or alternative energy devices during the economic life of the building. If the use of alternative energy devices for a particular function is economically feasible, then the use of alternative energy devices must be included in construction plans.

Alternative energy is defined to include solar, biomass, wind, and geothermal energy sources. This section of Texas law (Texas Government Code § 2166.403) was originally put in place in 1995. It was amended in 2005 (S.B. 982) to add geothermal to the list of eligible resources and designate the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) as the authority for approving any methodology or electronic software used to make the required comparisons. SECO accepts one software program (RETScreen) for this purpose. Further details are available on the program website.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Eddy Trevino
Department State Energy Conservation Office (CPA/SECO)
Address 111 E. 17th Street
Address 2 LBJ State Office Building, Room #1114
Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78774
Phone (512) 463-1876
Phone 2 (512) 463-1931

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Texas Government Code § 2166.401 et seq.
Date Effective 09/01/2005 (as amended)
Date Enacted 05/05/1995 (subsequently amended)

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"