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BTU Engineering provides assistance to help you obtain unique energy incentives. Available incentives are numerous and include assistance in the form of rebates, grants, low interest loans and certifications. A few of the more popular programs include:

USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

The suite of REAP programs offer various grants (typically 25% of the eligible project costs) and loans (typically 50%) to replace existing equipment and systems with energy efficient equipment and systems in rural areas of the country. Additionally, this program also offers the same grants and loans to support retrofits and new installations of renewable energy systems such as geothermal, solar, wind, and biomass. BTU Engineering provides the technical services to support your REAP application such as Energy Audits, Technical Reports, and Feasibility Studies, in addition to energy efficient design optimization services.

LEED Evaluation

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemTM is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED provides building owners and operators with the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. BTU Engineering can assist you in this process.

Commercial Building Tax Credits

Enacted by the 2005 Energy Policy Act (EPAct 2005), the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provides federal tax deductions for energy-efficient property related to a commercial building’s envelope; interior lighting; heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); and service water heating (SWH) systems. A fully qualifying property saves at least 50% in energy and power costs for improvements in the envelope, lighting and HVAC/SWH systems compared to a reference building that meets the minimum requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2001. A partially qualifying property saves at least 10% in energy and power costs through efficiency improvements in the envelope and 20% in lighting or HVAC/SWH. The energy and power cost savings are determined for the energy use in the interior lighting, HVAC and SWH systems. Fully qualifying property provides a tax deduction equal to the cost of the qualifying property up to a maximum of $1.80/ft2. Partially qualifying property (i.e. envelope, lighting, HVAC/SWH) provides a tax deduction of up to $0.60/ft2 for each system.

Energy and power cost savings of the taxpayer’s building are determined from annual hourly energy simulations of a Proposed Building model and a Reference Building model. The energy modeling must be completed in accordance with the Performance Rating Method (PRM) presented in ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 Appendix G, but the models must comply with the requirements of Standard 90.1-2001. This section provides guidance for coordinating Standard 90.1-2004 Appendix G methodology with the efficiency requirements of Standard 90.1-2001.

Investment Tax Credit

Investment Tax Credit – Federal tax deductions of up to 30% of the cost of qualifying residential renewable energy systems (e.g. wind, solar) are available through December 31, 2016. BTU Engineering can assist in the process of meeting incentive requirements.