Green Energy Technology in Public Buildings

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Oregon
Name Green Energy Technology in Public Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector State Government
Eligible Technologies Daylighting, Geothermal Electric, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Geothermal Direct-Use
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Requirement 1.5% of the total cost of a building project funded by the state must be dedicated to inclusion of green energy technology systems in the building

Date added to DSIRE 2007-07-16
Last DSIRE Review 2013-01-10
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Enacted in June 2007, House Bill 2620 introduced a unique requirement for installing solar energy systems on public buildings. In 2012, S.B. 1533 amended the requirement to allow the use of any green energy technology (including geothermal electric, geothermal direct use, solar electric, solar thermal, and passive solar) to meet the requirement. The law requires public agencies to spend at least 1.5% of the total contract price of an eligible public building on green energy technologies. Eligible buildings include any permanent structure owned, partially owned, or controlled by a public if any of the following is true:

  • The building is used by the public;
  • The building allows employees use or occupy the building on a regular basis for a significant part of their work.

Only public buildings where the total contract price is $1,000,000 or more for a single building or a group of buildings on the same site, or contracts for major renovations that exceed $1,000,000 and 50% of the insured value of the building. Geothermal systems, passive solar thermal systems, or daylighting systems must reduce the building's baseline energy use by 20% or more in order to be eligible for the standard. Solar electric, solar water heating, solar pool heating, and active solar space heating systems must be installed in locations that have a total solar resource fraction of 75% or more. Geothermal and solar electric systems must be metered separately to record electricity production.

Before entering into a public improvement contract, a contracting agency must prepare a written determination of whether a green energy technology system is appropriate for the building. The State Department of Energy developed a standard form for contracting agencies to use in developing their determination. If the contracting agency determines that green energy technology is inappropriate for a particular project, they can refrain from installing such systems, but must reserve the 1.5% of the project cost to install green energy technology on a future building project. These reserved funds will be coupled with the 1.5% of the future project's cost that must be set aside for green technologies.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Andrzej Pekalski
Department Oregon Department of Energy
Address 625 Marion Street, N.E.
Place Salem, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97301-3737
Phone (503) 378-4040
Phone 2 (503) 378-5697

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

Authority 1: OAR 330-135-0010 to 330-135-0055
Date Effective 2008-01-01

Authority 2: ORS § 279C.527 et seq.
Date Effective 2008-01-01
Date Enacted 2007-06-13

Authority 3: SB 1533
Date Effective 2013-01-01
Date Enacted 2012-03-27

  • 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)"