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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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State Buildings Energy Reduction Plan   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/17/2012
Program Overview:
State: Virginia
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: State Government, Institutional
Goal:All state agencies and institutions constructing state-owned facilities over 5,000 gross square feet in size, and renovations of such buildings valued at 50% of the assessed building value, shall be designed and constructed consistent with energy performance standards at least as stringent as LEED Silver or Green Globes 2 Globes Standard.
Equipment/Products:State agencies and institutions are instructed to purchase or lease Energy Star products if available in that category of equipment
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Executive Order 82 (2009)

The Governor of Virginia signed Executive Order 82, "Greening of State Government" in June 2009 as part of the greater RENEW VIRGINIA Initiative. This Order builds upon Executive Order 48 “Energy Efficiency in State Government,” and sets out to reduce non-renewable energy purchases and increase overall energy savings. In addition to requiring that new buildings (>5,000 gross sq feet) and major renovations (where the cost greater than 50% of building value) be built to LEED Silver or Green Globes Two Globes Standards, agencies and institutions are instructed to purchase or lease Energy Star-rated appliances and equipment, if Energy Star is available for the category of equipment/appliance.

In addition, the order instructs the Commonwealth to encourage the private sector to adopt energy-efficient building standards by giving preference when leasing facilities for state use to facilities meeting LEED Silver or Green Globes Two Globes standards.

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) is responsible for providing technical support to agencies to achieve the goals. The latest information is available at the DMME web site.

  Thomas Thompson
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)
VA Division of Energy
Washington Building
1100 Bank Street, 8th floor
Richmond, VA 23219-3638
Phone: (804) 692-3230
Phone 2: (804) 692-3200
Fax: (804) 692-3237
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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