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Renewable Energy

Renewable energy sources as identified in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, and solar energy. Products in this category may also apply to the acquisition of construction services.

References and Guidance

Additional Guidance

Category Specific Guidance

The Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 2005opens in new window defines "renewable energy" as electric energy generated from solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas, ocean (including tidal, wave, current, and thermal), geothermal, municipal solid waste, or new hydroelectric generation capacity achieved from increased efficiency or additions of new capacity at an existing hydroelectric project.

In addition, at least half of renewable energy used by the Federal government must come from new renewable sources (in service after January 1, 1999).

In FY 2009, UNICOR began to manufacture photovoltaic solar panels.

Products

Federal agency customers are required to buy sustainable products such as energy efficient products and recycled content products, to the maximum extent practicable.

In accordance with FAR Part 23.103opens in new window, Federal agencies shall advance sustainable acquisition by ensuring that 95 percent of new contract actions for the supply of products and for the acquisition of services (including construction) require that the products are:

  • Energy-efficient (ENERGY STAR® or Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)-designated);
  • Water-efficient;
  • Biobased;
  • Environmentally preferable (e.g., EPEAT®-registered, or non-toxic or less toxic alternatives);
  • Non-ozone depleting; or
  • Made with recovered materials.

Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing:

Services

Sustainable services also include construction and service contracts where sustainable products are delivered, furnished for Government use, or furnished for Contractor use at a federally controlled facility.

In accordance with FAR Part 23.103opens in new window, Sustainable Acquisitions, service contracts must require the use or supply of sustainable products covered by certain Federal environmental programs, when applicable. Sustainable products include energy efficient, recycled content, water efficient, biobased, and other environmentally preferable products.

Learn More
  • You can determine the specific sustainable requirements that apply to your acquisition by clicking on the individual product categories on the Left Side of this page
  • You can Learn more by visiting the Environmental Programs page
Other Considerations

Before buying new products, be sure to consider excess personal property from other federal agencies. It's not just the mandatory first source of supply, it's sustainable! Visit GSAXcess®opens in new window to search the federal government’s available excess personal property for transfer.

To promote fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, consider using a SmartWay Transport Partneropens in new window for shipment of your products.