National Database of Incentives for Energy Efficiency Now Available Online

[] Over the past 10 years, the national Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) has become the one-stop source of information about government and utility renewable energy incentives and policies. DSIRE has now expanded to include state and federal incentives for energy efficiency upgrades, purchases of energy efficient products or systems, and construction of new energy efficient buildings. Consumers, businesses, and government facility managers, as well as policymakers and industry stakeholders can benefit from this easy-to-use, free resource, complete with incentive details, links to program websites, legislation, and contacts. Incentives include tax credits and deductions, rebates, low-interest loans, grants, property-tax exemptions, sales-tax exemptions, and bond programs. Users can search for efficiency incentives by state, by technology (lighting, insulation, etc.), by incentive type (tax credit, rebate, etc.) and by other criteria. Utility efficiency incentives as well as state and federal regulatory policies that promote the use of energy efficient technologies or building practices will be added later in 2006. Established in 1995, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council managed by the North Carolina Solar Center and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
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