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Think Globally, Save Locally – County and City Energy Incentives Help Green Projects Pencil Out


Commercial and residential building owners have saved millions of dollars through Federal green energy incentives.  In addition to these federal programs, there are also state and local energy grants, rebates, and loans that can make going green save you money.

Through June 2013, qualified purchases of energy efficient systems are exempt from 75% of sales tax. For solar photovoltaic systems, the exemption is bumped up to 100%.  Qualified technologies include photovoltaic, landfill gas, wind, biomass, geothermal electric, fuel cells, anaerobic digestion, tidal energy, and wave energy.

Several Puget Sound Energy grant programs are available for both new construction, and energy efficient retrofits.  For new construction, grants up to $1.80 per square foot are available.  For a retrofit, depending on the type of energy system installed, PSE grants may cover up to 70% of the costs.  See http://pse.com/savingsandenergycenter/NewConstruction/Pages/Commercial-Incentives.aspx  for more information.

One-time energy bill rebates are another incentive available for both new construction and retrofits on commercial and residential buildings.  Rebates vary based on PUD and local energy provider; however most energy-efficient appliances and building systems qualify for some form of rebate.  A comprehensive list for Washington is available at http://dsireusa.org/.

Through June 2013, commercial (and residential) customers in Seattle may be eligible for low-interest loans of up to $2,000,000 to implement energy-efficient improvements.  Through the Community Power Works program, Seattle City Light customers may be eligible for loans to purchase and install energy efficient water heaters, furnaces, heat pumps, duct/air sealing, building insulation, and windows.  Loans are repaid through monthly billings added to your normal Seattle City Light bill.  For more information, go to http://www.communitypowerworks.org/.