The city of Phoenix was awarded a $25 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Neighborhood Program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to launch the Energize Phoenix program in partnership with Arizona State University and with support from Arizona Public Service. The Energize Phoenix program saves energy, creates jobs and will transform a diverse array of neighborhoods along a 10-mile stretch of the Metro light rail.
Through a partnership with Arizona State University and Arizona Public Service (APS), the City of Phoenix is providing incentives for businesses located along a 10-mile stretch of the Metro light rail to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. The city will match most [http://www.aps.com/main/services/SolutionsForBusiness/default.html rebates] provided by APS.
The City of Phoenix has had energy standards for public buildings in place since 2005. In June 2005, the Phoenix City Council adopted a policy requiring all new city buildings built with 2006 bond funds to at least meet the LEED Certified level.
The mayor and city council of Chandler, AZ adopted Resolution 4199 in June 2008, establishing a requirement for all new occupied city buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to be designed and built to achieve the Silver level of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program, and to strive for higher levels of certification whenever project resources and conditions permit. To maintain cost control, city building projects may be exempt from the requirement if the payback period necessary to recover the initial costs is more than ten years.
The mayor and city council of Chandler, AZ adopted Resolution 4199 in June 2008, establishing incentives for green building in the private sector. Permit applications for buildings registered with the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction, Core and Shell, Commercial Interiors or Schools, which are pursuing a certification level of Silver or higher will be granted an expedited plan review from the city.
''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.''
'' Note: The federal government has imposed and updated appliance efficiency standards through several legislative acts,* and now has standards in place or under development for 30 classes of products. In general, states which had set standards prior to federal action may enforce their own standards until the federal standards take effect. States that had not set standards prior to federal action must use the federal standards.
APS and National Bank of Arizona have partnered to offer low-interest financing to all customers qualifying for energy efficiency incentives under the Solutions for Business program. Combined with program rebates, financing can help cover the up-front costs of energy-saving improvements, making it easier for customers to achieve their energy efficiency goals. Program details and guidelines are available on the web site listed above. Contact APS for additional information on financing options.
APS offers a $270 rebate to its residential customers who upgrade their AC units or heat pumps. AC units must meet both the SEER and EER values and be replacements for less efficient equipment in existing homes. To apply for this rebate, fill out the application and mail it to APS along with an invoice from a licensed contractor indicating proof of installation. Installation must be completed by an APS Qualified Contractor in accordance with APS' Quality Installation standards. Instructions on how to find an APS qualified contractor are listed on the website.
'''''Note: The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) recently approved modifications to some elements of this program. Performance-based incentives, which had previously been available for larger renewable energy systems have been terminated. Only upfront incentives for smaller systems are now available.'''''