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High Performance Green Schools Planning Grants   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/25/2014
Program Overview:
State: Pennsylvania
Incentive Type: State Grant Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: Schools
Amount:Determined on a case-by-case basis
Equipment Requirements:Schools must achieve at least LEED for Schools Silver certification
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
24 P.S. ยง 25-2574(c.4)

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.

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Governor's Green Government Council
Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, 15th Floor
P.O. Box 8776
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776
Phone: (717) 783-8411
Fax: (717) 783-2703
Web Site:
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Division of School Facilities
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
Phone: (717) 787-5480
Web Site:
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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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