High Performance Green Schools Planning Grants (Pennsylvania)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Pennsylvania

Name High Performance Green Schools Planning Grants
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Schools
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Determined on a case-by-case basis

Equipment Requirements Schools must achieve at least LEED for Schools Silver certification

Program Administrator Governor's Green Government Council
Website http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/schools/13838/funding_opportunities/588215

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


The Governor's Green Government Council of Pennsylvania provides an incentive for new schools to be built according to green building standards. High Performance Green Schools Planning Grants are designed to cover a portion of the "soft" costs of designing a green building that are not typically included within the conventional design fee structure. Grants may vary in size depending upon the scope of the project, but it appears that typical past awards have been for $25,000. Grants may be used for simulation and modeling costs, including daylighting studies and energy modeling, additional consultancy fees, and costs of documentation required for LEED for Schools certification. The incentive is only for new construction of a LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum project.

In addition to planning grant opportunities, the Department of Education offers an additional reimbursement to schools that build or renovate to LEED silver or higher, or achieve two or more Globes on the Green Building Initiative Green Globes rating scale. When a school district undertakes a major construction project, the district seeks reimbursement from the Commonwealth through the "Planning and Construction Workbook" (PlanCon) process. This incentive may result in a state funding contribution up to 10% larger than it would have been for a non-rated building.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name DEP Grants Center - HPGS
Department Governor's Green Government Council
Address Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, 15th Floor
Address 2 P.O. Box 8776
Place Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Zip/Postal Code 17105-8776
Phone (717) 783-8411

Email ra-epgggc@pa.gov
Website http://www.gggc.state.pa.us/
Contact Name PlanCon
Department Pennsylvania Department of Education
Division Division of School Facilities
Address 333 Market Street
Place Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Zip/Postal Code 17126
Phone (717) 787-5480

Website http://www.pde.state.pa.us/

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

Authority 1: 24 P.S. § 25-2574(c.4)
Date Enacted 2005-07-13

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


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