Bond Program for Schools’ Renewable Energy Upgrades
New Mexico’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bonding Act authorizes up to $20 million in bonds to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements in state government and school district buildings. At the request of a state agency or school district, the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department will conduct an energy assessment of a building to determine specific efficiency measures which will result in energy and cost savings. A state agency or school district may install or enter into contracts for the installation of energy efficiency measures on the building identified in the assessment. An installation contract may be entered into for a term of up to 10 years. The bonds are exempt from taxation by the state, and any type of renewable energy system and most energy efficiency measures, including energy recovery and combined heat and power (CHP) systems, are eligible for funding. Projects financed with the bonds will be paid back to the bonding authority using the savings on energy bills. Contact: New Mexico Finance Authority, 409 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505; 505-984-1454; Fax: 505-984-0002; http://www.nmfa.net/loan/?t=State%20Building%20Automation%20Project%20Financing
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