The SunShot Initiative has announced the eighth class of Incubator awardees, which include some of the solar industry’s best and brightest. This work supports SunShot’s goal to help American families and businesses switch to solar electricity by making it fully cost-competitive with non-renewable forms of electricity by the end of the decade.
America’s Home Energy Education Challenge, or AHEEC, is a competition developed by the Energy Department and the National Science Teachers Association designed to show students how they can save energy at home.
Well permits are required for the installation of wells in private and public space. Wells are defined as any trest hole, shaft, or soil excavation created by any means including, but not limited to, drilling, coring, boring, washing, driving, digging, or jetting, for purposes including, but not limited to, locating, testing, diverting, artificially recharging, or withdrawing fluids, or for the purpose of underground injection.
Vera Irrigation District #15 offers rebates to electric customers who improve energy efficiency. Rebates are available for water heaters, windows, heat pumps, clothes washer, duct sealing and appliance recycling. Certain efficiency standards must be met in order to receive a rebate for water heaters or windows. Vera Irrigation District also provides a $450 rebate for the installation of energy-efficient heat pumps; ductless heat pumps are eligible incentives of up to $1,500. See the program web site or contact the utility for more information about this program.
The installation, upgrade and operation of any petroleum UST (>110 gallons) or hazardous substance UST System, including heating oil tanks over 1,100 gallons capacity in the District requires a permit from DCRA. In addition to the approval and inspection of the UST Branch, DDOE and DC Fire Department. The tank performance standards and permitting requirements in 20DCMR Chapters 55-70 shall apply.
The Enterprise Zone Program offers the following tax incentives to businesses in certain District neighborhoods: Employee Tax Credits--up to $3000 for each full-time employee; Work Opportunity Credits--up to $2400 for each employee from targeted demographic groups; Welfare to Work Credits--up to $3500 and $5000 for the first and second years employment, respectively, for workers receiving long-term family assistance; EZ Bonds--Tax Exempt Bond Financing up to $15 million in below-market interest rate loans (as much as 200 points below the market rate).
The District offers several innovative public financing tools where developers can use bond financing or bank loans to fund a portion of their construction costs. The funds are repaid over time using new taxes generated by the project.