25 Mar '13, 2pm

When Should Geothermal Heat Pumps Qualify for State Renewable Energy Credits?

When Should Geothermal Heat Pumps Qualify for State Renewable Energy Credits?

GHPs are used for space heating and cooling in buildings. The temperature in the ground remains relatively constant throughout the year. A GHP can transfer heat from the ground into the building during the winter and transfer heat back into the ground during the summer. Thus, the ground acts as a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer. Renewable energy is defined as electricity generated from renewable sources. GHPs do not generate electricity. They do not fit the definition of a renewable energy source. Of the thirty seven states that have mandatory or voluntary RESs, nine allow GHPs to earn alternative energy credits by displacing electricity and/or fossil fuels used for heating or cooling (See Table 1 below). The alternative credits can substitute for conventional RECs. Table 1. States That Give Alternative Energy Credits for Geothermal Heat Pumps * Indiana’s r...

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