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Green building incentives are offered through the State of Indiana, Duke Energy, South Central Indiana Rural Electrical Membership Corporation (REMC), and the City of Bloomington. Incentives differ based on the type of product being purchased, and can be awarded either to the individual resident or to property developers.

State Incentives

Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption:

The State of Indiana offers residents and commercial users full property tax exemption for energy systems using solar water heat, solar space heat, wind, hydroelectric, or geothermal power. The exemption applies to the entire renewable energy system and all associated equipment. See http://www.dsireusa.org/library/includes/incentive2.cfm?Incentive_Code=IN01F&state=IN&CurrentPageID=1&RE=1&EE=1 for more information.

Utility Incentives

Utility incentives are offered through your utility provider. In the Bloomington area, both Duke Energy and South Central Indiana REMC offer rebates to their customers. This list is current up to September 2007.

For an up to date list of incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy, see http://dsireusa.org/library/includes/map2.cfm?CurrentPageID=1&State=IN&RE=1&EE=1.

Duke Energy Small Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program:

Duke Energy offers rebates to retail commercial and industrial users for the installation of high-efficiency motors, pumps, lighting equipment, air conditioning units, heat pumps, and geothermal heat pumps. For a list of incentive values and requirements, see http://www.duke-energy.com/indiana-business/energy-management/energy-efficiency-incentives.asp.

Duke Energy Smart Saver Energy Efficiency Rebate Program:

Duke Energy offers rebates to Indiana residential customers for high-efficiency heat pumps ($200), air conditioners ($200), and geothermal heat pumps ($200). See http://www.duke-energy.com/indiana/savings/smart-saver.asp for specific requirements.

South Central Indiana REMC's Residential Energy Rebate:

South Central Indiana REMC offers residential customers rebates for heat pumps ($250), geothermal heat pumps ($250), free 40 0r 50 gallon electric water heaters, and free surge protector installation. See http://www.sciremc.com/ProductsServices/IncentivePrograms/tabid/74/Default.aspx#rebatesfor specific requirements.

City of Bloomington Incentives

The City of Bloomington recognizes sustainability as a key component of nurturing Bloomington's long-term environmental, economic and social integrity. The City's Unified Development Ordinance offers developers certain bonuses and allowances for buildings including features that help meet particular sustainability goals. These benefits are for developers, not individual residents. For a full description of the incentives, see section 20.05.049 of Bloomington's Unified Development Ordinance

Sustainability Goals:

Incentives are based on a three tiered system, with bonuses accorded to the number of sustainable practices included in the projects.


Requirements Bonuses

Residential districts Nonresidential districts
Level one incentives *At least 2 energy and resource efficiency projects *Side building setbacks decreased to 6 feet *Side building setbacks decreased by 25 percent
*1 landscape and site design project *Rear building setbacks decreased to 20 feet *Rear building setbacks decreased by 25 percent
*1 public policy project *Maximum residential density increased by 25 percent
*1 public transportation project
Level two incentives *At least 3 energy and resource efficiency projects *Side building setbacks decreased to 5 feet *Side building setbacks decreased by 50 percent
*2 landscape and site design projects *Rear building setbacks decreased to 15 feet *Rear building setbacks decreased by 50 percent
*2 public policy projects *Maximum residential density increased by 50 percent
*2 public transportation projects
Level three incentives *At least 4 energy and resource efficiency projects *Side building setbacks decreased to 5 feet *Side building setbacks decreased by 50 percent
*2 landscape and site design projects *Rear building setbacks decreased to 15 feet *Rear building setbacks decreased by 50 percent
*2 public policy projects *Maximum residential density increased by 75 percent
*2 public transportation projects
*Allocation of at least 15 percent affordable housing units