High Performance Green Schools Planning Grants (Pennsylvania)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||High Performance Green Schools Planning Grants|
|Incentive Type||State Grant Program|
|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|
|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|
|References||DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency|
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.
|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|
|Department||Pennsylvania Department of Education|
|Division||Division of School Facilities|
|Address||333 Market Street|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||24 P.S. § 25-2574(c.4)|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.