Searching for Renewable Energy Incentives

DataCenterKnowledge has a post on the DSIRE web site.

Database of Renewable Energy Incentives

July 23rd, 2009 : Rich Miller



Renewable energy is playing a larger role in data center site location, as companies seek to address energy efficiency goals and the prospect of federal carbon regulation. Sorting out the many incentive programs can be a lot of work, but is critical to assessing the economics of one state versus another.  

Where does this information come from?

The information on the DSIRE web site is based on the DSIRE staff’s analysis of statutes, enacted legislation, administrative rules, public utilities commission orders, executive orders, program guidelines, program web sites, and scores of newsletters and news digests. In addition, the DSIRE staff receives information from contacts at state energy offices, public utilities commissions and other government agencies; utilities; non-profit organizations; businesses; and the general public. The DSIRE staff proactively communicate with program administrators to verify or update incentives and policies currently included in DSIRE, and to obtain details and clarification of new incentives and policies.

Who is behind DSIRE?  Here is the about page.

Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). It is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), primarily through the Office of Planning, Budget and Analysis (PBA). The site is administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

NC Solar Center Logo
The N.C. Solar Center serves as a clearinghouse for solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. Through its programs and services, the N.C. Solar Center seeks to stabilize energy costs for consumers, stimulate local economies, reduce dependence on foreign fuels, and mitigate the environmental impacts associated with fossil fuels. Established in 1988, the N.C. Solar Center is operated by N.C. State University’s College of Engineering at North Carolina State University.

IREC’s mission is to accelerate the use of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities. Formed in 1980, IREC supports market-oriented services targeted at education, coordination, procurement, the adoption and implementation of uniform guidelines and standards, and consumer protection. IREC’s members include state and local government agencies, national laboratories, solar and renewable organizations and companies, and individuals.

EERE’s mission is to strengthen America’s energy security, environmental quality and economic vitality in public-private partnerships that enhance energy efficiency and productivity; bring clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace; and make a difference in the everyday lives of Americans by enhancing their energy choices and their quality of life.

NREL is DOE’s primary national laboratory for developing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advancing related science and engineering, and transferring knowledge and innovations to address the nation's energy and environmental goals.

The Search page allows you to look for specific areas.