The statute establishes a procedure for the review, approval, monitoring, and enforcement of compliance in the planning, siting, construction, and operation of energy facilities, including transmission pipelines.
The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission initiated a new solar rebate program for non-residential applicants in November 2010. Funded by alternative compliance payments under the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS), this program supports photovoltaic (PV) and solar-thermal installations. Installations must be located in the state of New Hampshire, and the facility must be served by an investor-owned utility or rural electric utility that is required to comply with the state's RPS.
'''''Note: The deadline for the most-recent round of funding under this program, which offered a total of $1.8 million in grants, was June 7, 2013. This summary is provided for reference only. Contact the PUC about the possibility of future funding rounds under this program.'''''
The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) offers grant funding for renewable-energy projects installed at commercial, industrial, public, non-profit, municipal or school facilities, or multi-family residences with at least three units. There is no stated maximum individual award.
29 members of Governor John Lynch’s Climate Change Policy Task Force developed a Climate Action Plan in 2009. It is aimed at achieving the greatest feasible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while also providing the greatest possible long-term economic benefits to the
citizens of New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Business Finance Authority (BFA) administers a revolving loan program for businesses and non-profit organizations to finance energy efficiency improvements. The terms are flexible, and the BFA will work with interested applicants to customize a loan package that results in increased energy efficiency and financial savings. The initial minimum loan amount is $100,000, and an initial energy audit is required. Interested companies and non-profits should contact BFA directly for more information.
New Hampshire enacted legislation (SB 409) in July 2010 stipulating that "major" construction and maintenance projects that receive state funding must meet a high-performance energy and design standard determined by the Department of Environmental Services and the Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Division of Historic Resources and the state's community college system. The standard, effective July 1, 2011, specifies that the building or structure can recoup the incremental costs of this requirement through reduced energy costs over 10 years.
Note: Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the [http://www.energycodes.gov/states/ DOE] and [http://bcap-ocean.org/ BCAP] web sites.
BFA’s Bond Financing Program offers tax-exempt and taxable bonds for fixed-asset expansion projects. Industrial development revenue bonds can be used by manufacturers for the acquisition, renovation, and construction of new buildings, and for the purchase of land or new equipment.