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City of Houston - Energy Efficiency Incentive Program

Date Last Updated11/16/2012
Incentive TypeGrant
State/FederalTX
Incentive Administrator/Contact OfficeGreen Office Challenge - Houston
Incentive Initiation Date1/1/2011
Incentive Size and Funding SourceThe city will provide incentives to offset 20% of the upfront implementation costs (labor and materials), with the incentive ranging from $20,000 to $500,000 maximum per building upon completion of the project. The City of Houston will commit approximately $3 million from its Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) as seed funding for the program. The incentive program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy.

At least 60% of the total grant incentive awards will be set aside for projects under $500,000. At least 50% of the grant incentive awards will be set aside for Class B and C buildings. Depending on the energy efficiency retrofit work, the balance of the upfront implementation costs are expected to be reimbursed to the building owners through the reductions in the applicant's utility costs within 18 to 48 months following implementation. The city will be measuring these savings through the end of the grant period and extrapolate the savings shown to determine the payback period.
Eligible RecipientIncentives are available to existing building owners in the City of Houston.
Eligible FuelDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required (%)Does Not Specify
Other Selected Eligibility CriteriaIn order to be eligible, the building owners must first participate in the Houston Green Office Challenge. The applicant must be a building owner of a building that is at least 5,000 square feet of commercial office space. The owner must hire a Certified Energy Manager or licensed Texas professional engineer to conduct an energy audit. The audit must include recommendations for improving the building's energy efficiency. The audit must identify energy savings of at least 15% within the building. In addition, the minimum project cost is $50,000. Property owners are allowed to apply for incentives for up to 3 commercial buildings.
Application Form(s)Application (PDF) (11 pp, 553K)
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