High Performance Buildings Incentive Program (Pennsylvania)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Pennsylvania

Name High Performance Buildings Incentive Program
Incentive Type State Loan Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Vary by project, but program generally requires matching funds at least equivalent to DCED funding

Start Date April 2009
Expiration Date None
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Funding Source Alternative Energy Investment Fund (state issued bonds)

Maximum Incentive Residential loans/loan guarantees: 100,000

Commercial loans/loan guarantees: 2 million
Grants: Lesser of 10% of project costs or 500,000

Program Budget $25 million

Terms Loans at a fixed interest rate (updated quarterly) for up to 10 years. Loans may be amortized over a period of up to 25 years. Minimum green building certification requirements apply.
Program Administrator Department of Community and Economic Development
Website http://www.newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/funding-and-program-finder/high-performance-building-program-hpb

References DSIRE[1]


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 program will offer support for green buildings in the form of loans, grants and loan guarantees (i.e., grants to be used in the event of a financing default). In order to be eligible for incentives, new construction and major renovation projects must achieve the applicable Gold certification under USGBC LEED or the National Green Building Standard, or at least 3 Globes under the GBI Green Globes system. Buildings must also meet additional requirements in certain categories. Funds may be used for the following project costs:

  • Acquisition of land and buildings, rights-of-way, and easements necessary for project construction
  • Clearing and preparation of land to build an eligible project
  • Construction or renovation of a high performance building
  • Project planning, design, and modeling work
  • Fees for registration and certification of a project
  • Commissioning and enhanced verification of building performance
  • Administrative costs of the applicant to administer a grant

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.

Loans are available at a fixed interest rate, which is updated quarterly, and must be repaid within 10 years. The maximum loan is $100,000 for residential projects and $2 million for small business projects. Loans may be amortized over a period of up to 25 years.

Grants are available for up to 10% of eligible project costs or $500,000. Applicants may request both a grant and a loan, but not for the same project.

Loan Guarantees
Loan guarantees will take the form of a grant that may be used in the event of financing default on the part of the applicant, up to $100,000 for residential projects and $2 million for small business projects.

Visit the program web site and review the funding guidelines for additional program details and application procedures.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Program Information - DCED High Performance Building Program
Department Department of Community and Economic Development
Division Center for Business Financing - Site Development Division
Address Commonwealth Keystone Building
Address 2 400 North Street, 4th Floor
Place Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Zip/Postal Code 17120-0225
Phone (717) 783-5046

Email ra-dcedcbf@state.pa.us
Website http://www.newpa.com/

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

Authority 1: Special Session H.B. 1
Date Enacted 2008-07-09

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


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