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LEED v4
Retail – Commercial Interiors
Energy and Atmosphere
Renewable energy production

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Retail-CI-v4 EAc4: Renewable energy production 1-3 points

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Intent

To reduce the environmental and economic harms associated with fossil fuel energy by increasing self-supply of renewable energy.

Requirements

Use tenant renewable energy systems to offset the project’s energy cost. Calculate the project’s percentage of renewable energy by the following equation:

% renewable energy = Equivalent cost of usable energy produced by the renewable energy system
Total building annual energy cost

Use the project’s annual energy cost, calculated in EA Prerequisite Minimum Energy Performance, if Option 1 was pursued; otherwise use the U.S. Department of Energy’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) database to estimate energy use and cost. 

The use of solar gardens or community renewable energy systems is allowed if both of the following requirements are met.

  • The project owns the system or has signed a lease agreement for a period of at least 10 years.
  • The system is located with the same utility service area as the facility claiming the use.

Credit is based on the percentage of ownership or percentage use assigned in the lease agreement. Points are awarded according to Table 1.

Table 1. Points for renewable energy

Percentage renewable energy Points (CI, Retail CI, Hospitality)
1% 1
3% 2
5% 3

Pilot ACPs Available

The following pilot alternative compliance path is available for this credit. See the pilot credit library for more information.

EApc95: Alternative Energy Performance Metric ACP
EApc107 - Energy performance metering path
EApc111: Alternative Performance Rating Method

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USGBC logo

© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To reduce the environmental and economic harms associated with fossil fuel energy by increasing self-supply of renewable energy.

Requirements

Use tenant renewable energy systems to offset the project’s energy cost. Calculate the project’s percentage of renewable energy by the following equation:

% renewable energy = Equivalent cost of usable energy produced by the renewable energy system
Total building annual energy cost

Use the project’s annual energy cost, calculated in EA Prerequisite Minimum Energy Performance, if Option 1 was pursued; otherwise use the U.S. Department of Energy’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) database to estimate energy use and cost. 

The use of solar gardens or community renewable energy systems is allowed if both of the following requirements are met.

  • The project owns the system or has signed a lease agreement for a period of at least 10 years.
  • The system is located with the same utility service area as the facility claiming the use.

Credit is based on the percentage of ownership or percentage use assigned in the lease agreement. Points are awarded according to Table 1.

Table 1. Points for renewable energy

Percentage renewable energy Points (CI, Retail CI, Hospitality)
1% 1
3% 2
5% 3

Pilot ACPs Available

The following pilot alternative compliance path is available for this credit. See the pilot credit library for more information.

EApc95: Alternative Energy Performance Metric ACP
EApc107 - Energy performance metering path
EApc111: Alternative Performance Rating Method

Cost estimates for this credit

On each BD+C v4 credit, LEEDuser offers the wisdom of a team of architects, engineers, cost estimators, and LEED experts with hundreds of LEED projects between then. They analyzed the sustainable design strategies associated with each LEED credit, but also to assign actual costs to those strategies.

Our tab contains overall cost guidance, notes on what “soft costs” to expect, and a strategy-by-strategy breakdown of what to consider and what it might cost, in percentage premiums, actual costs, or both.

This information is also available in a full PDF download in The Cost of LEED v4 report.

Learn more about The Cost of LEED v4 »

Can I sell the RECs my system generates to help pay for the upfront costs?

The answer to this question is available to LEEDuser premium members. Start a free trial »

(If you're already a premium member, log in here.)

My project will have a biofuel generator. Does that qualify?

The answer to this question is available to LEEDuser premium members. Start a free trial »

(If you're already a premium member, log in here.)

LEEDuser expert

Marcus Sheffer

7group / Energy Opportunities
LEED Fellow

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