Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Commercial Buildings

Federal Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Commercial Buildings The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) offered businesses tax deductions for the costs of improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 extended provisions in EPACT. Click here to see the tax incentives that are available under this …

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San Francisco Building Efficiency Programs

San Francisco Building Efficiency Programs San Francisco leads the state in many of its energy efficiency programs, including Energy Watch, GreenFinanceSF, the stimulus-funded SF Home Improvement Program, and the Commercial Boiler Retrofit program. These programs cover both residential and commercial sectors, and they target single and multifamily homes along with large and small businesses. Utility …

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Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP)

SCEIP offers PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing for permanent energy, water, wildfire safety, and seismic strengthening improvements through the property tax system. Financing is available for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, multifamily and certain non-profit projects.

Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF)

The Portland Clean Energy Fund, also known as the Portland Clean Energy Initiative, places a 1% surcharge on the business license fee paid annually by the largest businesses doing business in Portland. The resultant revenue stream will be dedicated toward providing mitigation of a degrading climate to those Portland residents who are the most vulnerable to climate change.

Less Cement

Home >> Resources >> Solutions >> Materials Use Less Cement Summary: Cement is the element in concrete and mortar that binds it together. Cement makes up 10% of the volume of concrete, but is responsible for 95% of the CO2 emissions of making concrete. Cement-making is the source of 5 to 6% of annual global …

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Alternative Refrigerants

Home >> Resources >> Solutions >> Materials Alternative Refrigerants Summary: Refrigerators, HVAC, car and home air conditioners, freezers, supermarket cases and heat pumps all contain refrigerant (Wikipedia). Refrigerants containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrocholorfluorocarbons (HCFCs) were banned under the 1987 Montreal Protocol after they were found to damage the atmosphere’s ozone layer. Banned refrigerants were replaced …

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Rooftop Solar

Home >> Resources >> Solutions >> Buildings Rooftop Solar Summary: There are many advantages to adding solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to the roofs of existing or new buildings (also called distributed solar.) With roof-top solar, the electricity is generated right where it is consumed, avoiding the losses associated with moving power over long distances. No …

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