Arizona Requires Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in New State Buildings

February 05, 2005

On February 5 Governor Janet Napolitano issued Executive Order 2005-05, which requires that all new state-funded buildings be designed and constructed to derive at least 10% of their energy from renewable resources (solar, wind, or thermal energy). These requirements may be met by purchasing renewable energy credits. The order also requires that all new state buildings meet at least the silver standard for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

State agencies must submit annual reports that describe the actions taken to achieve renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, the extent to which the goals have been achieved, and (if goals are not achieved), explanations of the circumstances and assessments of actions that can be taken.

For more information, read the Executive Order (PDF 278 KB).