ConEdison Solutions Helps Obtain 179D Benefits

July 17, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

miami energy manageMiami-Dade County received $1.135 million from ConEdison Solutions, resulting from the federal 179D allocation associated with improvements to the county’s downtown chilled water system, which serves 12 major facilities.

The increased energy efficiency of the chilled water system resulted in a 585,000 kWh annual electric savings.

The 179D tax benefit was established through the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which created a tax deduction of up to $1.80 a square-foot from qualifying building retrofits and new construction projects. Since government entities do not pay taxes, under the 179D Special Rule for Government-Owned Buildings, they may allocate the benefit to a tax-paying ‘Designer’ and receive savings in return for the allocation. In this case, ConEdison Solutions served as the County’s partner in achieving this tax benefit through implementation of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC).

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