City of Houston - Energy Efficiency Incentive Program (Texas)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Texas

Name City of Houston - Energy Efficiency Incentive Program
Incentive Type Local Grant Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Building owners with a minimum of 7, 500 sq ft office space
Eligible Technologies Ceiling Fan, Central Air conditioners, Chillers, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Compressed air, Duct/Air sealing, Heat pumps, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Motors, Refrigerators, Roofs, Water Heaters, Windows, Cool Roofs, Energy Star Appliances, Office Equipment, Vending Machines, and Roof Insulation. See Program Web Site for a Complete List., Renewables only eligible in conjunction with "substantial" energy efficiency retrofits.
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 20% of up-front implementation costs

Equipment Requirements Varies, see program web site for details; appliances, vending machines, and office equipment must be Energy Star.
Start Date 2011-01-21

Installation Requirements Existing building must have a minimum of 7,500 square feet of office space, must be a member of the City of Houston’s Green Office Challenge Program, an energy audit of the building must be performed by either a CEM or licensed Texas Professional Engineer, the energy audit must identify a minimum energy savings of 15%, and the minimum cost of the retrofit project must be 100K.

Maximum Incentive $200,000

Program Administrator City of Houston

References DSIRE[1]


In January 2011, the city of Houston announced incentives available to existing building owners in the City of Houston. In order to be eligible, the building owners must first participate in the Houston Green Office Challenge. The applicant must be a building owner of a building that is at least 7,500 square feet of office space. The owner must hire a Certified Energy Manager or licensed Texas professional engineer to conduct an energy audit. The audit must include recommendations for improving the building's energy efficiency. The audit must identify energy savings of at least 15% within the building. In addition, the minimum project cost is $100,000. Property owners are allowed to apply for incentives for up to three commercial buildings.

Since this incentive program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy, additional provisions and reporting requirements apply.

See the program web site for a complete list of eligible energy efficiency technologies and additional application details.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Information Energy Efficiency Incentive Program

Place Houston, Texas
Phone (832) 393-1010


  • 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)"