This legislation implements the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act and establishes a statewide regulatory program for reclamation following coal surface mining activities. The Division of Mined Land Reclamation may also establish additional regulations for reclamation following coal exploration activities which substantially disturb the land surface. The Act contains additional information on reclamation plans, permitting procedures, inspections, and liability.
The Virginia Capital Access Program (CAP), in partnership with Virginia’s Small Business Financing Authority, provides access to capital for small businesses. Businesses must apply to participating banks for a traditional loan, and the lender advises the company of enrollment in CAP. The program offers loan guarantees on a portfolio of loans through a loan loss reserve, which it establishes at each participating bank. Funds can be used for general working capital and fixed-asset financing. The maximum loan amount is $250,000.
Virginia’s 26 designated Technology Zones offer tax relief in the form of abatements, credits, deductions, deferrals, exemptions, or rebates. Local governments may designate technology zones to promote industry growth. Alternative energy is a qualifying technology in some counties. Qualified industries locating in these zones may receive permit waivers, special zoning treatment, and tax incentives for up to ten years.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) energy right In-Home Energy Evaluation Pilot Program encourages the installation of energy-efficiency improvements in existing single family dwellings. The program offers an in-home energy assessment as well as financing options and rebates/incentives to help homeowners who choose to make investments in significant energy efficiency improvements. Evaluations are performed by TVA-certified energy advisors and measures are inspected after installation.
Customers should contact their local utilities to see if the program is currently offered.
The TVA energy right Water Heater Plan promotes the installation of high efficiency water heaters in homes and small businesses. TVA provides a $50 incentive to local power companies for each installation. Power Companies may pass these incentives on to customers.
Customers should contact their local power company to see what programs are offered.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) energy right New Homes Plan provides incentives for all-electric, energy-efficient new homes by offering graduated rebates for new homes. Homes built at least 7% better than code qualify for the entry level of the program while those built 15% better qualify as energy right Platinum or Platinum Certified (ENERGY STAR Certified). A variety of efficiency standards must be met in order to reach the specified levels. In addition, incentives are offered for advanced water heaters installed in new homes.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) ''energy right'' Heat Pump Plan provides financing to promote the installation of high efficiency heat pumps in homes and small businesses. Installation, performance, and weatherization standards ensure the appropriate sizing of equipment and operation of the system. TVA maintains a Quality Contractor Network (QCN) from which customers can choose an installer. Through a third-party lender, TVA provides financing for residential heat pumps with repayment on the customer’s electric bill and a term of up to 10 years.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) now compliments the small generation Green Power Providers Program by providing incentives for mid-sized renewable energy generators between 50kW and 20MW to enter into long term price contracts. The goal for total production from all participants is 100MW, with no more than 50MW from any one renewable technology.
'''''Note: TVA has approved enough applications to meet the MW goals for this program for 2013, and is no longer accepting applications. However, based on current project completion rates, TVA expects 2.5 MW of reserved capacity to come available in August due to reserved projects not meeting their six-month completion deadline. Of this total, 0.5 MW will be reserved for Fast Track projects less than 10 kW. Applications will be accepted starting August 1, 2013. '''''
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) offers the Energy Right Solutions Program for commercial and industrial facilities. Prescriptive rebates are available for lighting, motors, HVAC, and kitchen equipment. Custom incentives providing $0.10 per kWh saved are also available. Both prescriptive and custom incentives are capped at 70% of a project's cost. For additional information, including guidelines, program terms, and equipment requirements and eligibility, review the program's web site or contact the TVA directly.