Oregon state law requires that public entities spend 1.5% of public building construction costs on green energy technology.
The 1.5% for Green Energy Technology (GET) requirement applies to public entities in Oregon. 1.5 percent of the total contract price of a public improvement contract for new construction or a major renovation of a public building must be spent on green energy technology, or as an alternative, woody biomass energy technology (WBET), regardless of the funding source.
Green energy technology includes:
- Solar technologies such as photovoltaic and solar thermal systems.
- Passive solar and day lighting systems that reduce whole building energy use by 20 percent or more.
- Geothermal systems that use geothermal source temperatures of 140 degrees or more to provide heating or make electricity. Geothermal systems in K-12 schools may use a source temperature of 128 degrees or higher. Ground source heat pumps do not meet the green energy technology requirement.
Woody biomass energy technology includes:
- A space or water heating system or a combined heat
and power system that uses fuel material from trees and woody plants that are a by-product of forest management, agriculture, ecosystem restoration, or fire prevention or related activities. The system boiler must have a lower
heating value combustion efficiency of at least 80
percent. Wood pieces that have been treated with certain
chemicals, municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste, or
other industrial wood waste cannot be used as fuel.
Public entities include, but are not limited to, state agencies, community colleges, school districts and education service districts, and local governments. See our Frequently Asked Questions
and the Administrative Rules
for more information.
If a public body determines GET or alternative WBET is inappropriate for a project, or wants to install the technology off-site, the public body must submit a description to the Technical Review Panel and explain their decision. The Technical Review Panel will provide its recommendation to the public body within 60 days. Funds not spent on the current project must be spent on the next building project that the public body undertakes, unless no state funds are included in the project cost.