Colorado Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Colorado Rebates and Incentive Summary

Colorado Solar Rebates And Incentives

As a state with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Colorado is a prime location for solar energy.

The state has landed in most top 10 lists regarding solar, from most solar installed per capita to greatest solar job growth.

Colorado has one of the nation’s strongest renewable portfolio standards (RPSs), which requires investor-owned utilities to source 30 percent of their energy from renewable energy by 2020. The RPS also requires IOU utilities, and to a lesser extent rural and municipal utilities to source a certain amount of their power from distributed generation sources like homes and small businesses.

A growing number of homeowners in the state are choosing to install systems on their homes with no up-front costs through power-purchase agreements or leases. Regardless of their choice there are plenty of qualified solar installers in the state that can explain options and costs prior to installing a system.

Colorado is home to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, several small, medium and growing solar manufacturing companies and solar training centers.

All this has culminated in a rich environment for solar thermal and photovoltaic installations throughout the state. As the price of photovoltaics has dropped and solar has become more popular, the incentive programs offered by utilities like Xcel Energy have decreased. But Colorado also is the hotbed for a new type of solar array, the community solar garden, through which residents can buy a part of a local solar array and use that to offset their electricity costs. 

In addition to the utility incentive programs offered in Colorado, the state offers property- and sales-tax exemptions. Combined with federal incentive programs there are plenty of options to save on the cost of your solar equipment and installation.

The has employed an aggressive strategy for reducing the "soft" costs of solar that result from cumbersome permitting processes. Colorado's Solar Friendly Communities is an offshoot of the national Sunshot Initiative that has resulted in several municipalities and county governments developing streamlined application and approval processes. Colorado easily has some of the strongest support in the nation for renewable energy.

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Atmos Energy (Gas) - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Atmos Energy offers the Excess is Out Program for its residential and commercial customers in Colorado. The Excess is Out Program offers various rebates and a home energy audit.

The Excess Is Out Program offers incentives for:

  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Water heaters
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Insulation
  • Energy Assessments
  • Tank and pipe wrap
  • Caulk/weather stripping

Rebates are available for both residential and commercial customers. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards listed on the program website. Applications must be submitted with a copy of the receipt

Black Hills Energy (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Program

Summary

Black Hills Energy (BHE) offers rebates for residential Colorado customers who purchase energy-efficient residential equipment. This program offers rebates for customers who purchase and install energy efficient HVAC equipment, appliances, insulation measures, and water heating equipment. Additionally, rebates may be available to builders. Individual pieces of equipment have specific efficiency requirements which can be seen on the program application form at the web site listed above. Customers should contact BHE for more information on these rebates. Program may not be available in all

Black Hills Energy (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Program

Summary

Black Hills Energy (BHE) offers a variety of rebates for residential Colorado customers who purchase and install energy efficient natural gas appliances, heating equipment and insulation materials. This program offers rebates for customers who purchase and install energy efficient furnaces, boilers, insulation, integrated space and water heaters, drain heat recovery and programmable thermostats. Individual pieces of equipment have specific requirements which can be seen on the program application form. Forms may be found on the program web site listed above. Additionally, builders of energy

Black Hills Energy - Solar Power Program

Summary

Note: As of December 15, 2015, the previous 5 kW cap for small systems (10 kW or less) has been removed. The change effects only reservations made on or after that date. Reservations in place now or in a queue as of December 15, 2015 are still subject to the limit on incentives up to 5 kW. 

Black Hills Energy has a performance-based incentive (PBI) for photovoltaic (PV) systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. In exchange for a PBI, Black Hills Energy earns the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the PV-generated electricity for a period of time.

All incentive payments are

Boulder County - Elevations Energy Loans

Summary

The Elevations Energy Loan can be used to finance a wide variety of efficiency and renewable energy projects in homes and businesses. Homes and businesses located in Boulder County or the City and County of Denver are eligible for the low-cost financing. Loan applicants receive assistance from an Energy Advisor through EnergySmart and Denver Energy Challenge, respectively. Homeowners must select from a qualified pool of contractors. All borrowers will be required to pay a $25 processing fee and become members of Elevations Credit Union.

Elevations Credit Union has partnered with Boulder

Boulder County - EnergySmart Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Note: Funds provided by Boulder County for rebates have been fully expended for 2016. However, utilities and some cities continue to offer rebates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

EnergySmart services are available to all businesses within Boulder County.

EnergySmart offers a full suite of energy efficiency services. EnergySmart helps businesses (and homeowners) identify and implement energy efficiency improvements. The “One Stop Shop” aims to reduce the hassles and hurdles associated with improving the energy efficiency and comfort of a home or business by providing an expert Energy

Boulder County - EnergySmart Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

EnergySmart for Boulder County helps residents identify, finance, and schedule energy improvements in their homes. This “One Stop Shop” aims to reduce the hassles and hurdles associated with improving a home’s energy efficiency by providing an energy advisor to each participant at no cost. The advisor serves as a guide and advocate by scheduling a home energy assessment, installing free energy conservation materials, identifying and applying for all applicable incentives, and coordinating work through an approved list of contractors. 

Homeowners can receive rebates through EnergySmart on

Building Energy Code

Summary

Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

Colorado is a home rule state, so no statewide energy code exists, although state government buildings do have specific requirements. Voluntary adoption of energy codes is encouraged and efforts through grants are directed toward informing local jurisdictions of the benefits of energy efficiency standards and providing

C-PACE: Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy

Summary

Colorado has created a statewide PACE program that allows property owners to finance 100% of the up-front costs of an energy efficiency, renewable energy, or water conservation improvement. Property owners repay the financing as a special assessment on their property tax bill over the financing term, up to 20 years. Typically, the annual energy savings exceed annual assessments, making PACE projects cash flow positive from the first year. C-PACE funding is available to commercial, industrial, agricultural, non-profit and multifamily properties. New construction may use PACE financing for up to

City and County of Denver - Elevations Energy Loans

Summary

The Elevations Energy Loan can be used to finance a wide variety of efficiency and renewable energy projects in homes and businesses. Homes and businesses located in Boulder County or the City and County of Denver are eligible for the low-cost financing. Loan applicants receive assistance from an Energy Advisor through EnergySmart and Denver Energy Challenge, respectively. Homeowners must select from a qualified pool of contractors. All borrowers will be required to pay a $25 processing fee and become members of Elevations Credit Union.

Elevations Credit Union has partnered with Boulder

City and County of Denver - Solar Panel Permitting

Summary

The City and County of Denver was designated the first "Solar Friendly Community" in the nation based upon its streamlined permitting process.

Denver provides same-day permit review for most solar panel projects. Electrical, Plumbing, and Zoning Permits* are required for photovoltaic (PV) systems installed in the city of Denver, although more complex engineering projects may still be required to go through the Plan Review process.

Permitting Process

To obtain Zoning Permits for flush mounted solar panels, applicants must have roof plan showing that the solar panels are installed

City of Aspen - Renewable Energy Goal

Summary

Note: As of September 2015, Aspen obtains 100% of its electricity from renewable sources (46% hydroelectric, 53% wind, 1% landfill gas).

In 2005, the City of Aspen set a renewable portfolio goal that has since been increased to 100% renewable energy by 2015. In 2013, 75% of Aspen’s electricity was generated using renewable resources, predominantly hydro and wind.

Approximately 27% of the electricity used by the City of Aspen comes from wind turbines located in Kimball, Nebraska. An additional 45% of the City's electricity comes from hydroelectric plants.  

City of Aspen - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

The City of Aspen encourages interested residents and businesses to increase the energy efficiency of homes and offices through rebates and incentives for both single-family and multi-family dwellings. Rebates are available for geothermal heat pumps, air sealing, insulation, crawlspace conversion, window/door replacement, lighting, and refrigerators. Custom rebates are available for incentives not specifically offered by the utility, but require pre-approval.

To assess the biggest opportunities for efficiency gains, customers can sign up for an EnergySmart assessment. Subsidized prices start at

City of Aspen and Pitkin County - Renewable Energy Mitigation Program

Summary

Building Codes

The City of Aspen and Pitkin County have adopted both the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)—with some amendments—and an Efficient Building Code. 

The Efficient Building ordinance was adopted in 2003 with the intent to encourage cost-effective and sustainable building methods that, among other goals, conserve energy. The code applies to new, remodeled, or additions to one- and two-family dwellings and multiple family dwellings not more than 3 stories in height. These dwellings are required to earn a specific number of points by completing sustainable

City of Boulder - Climate Action Plan Fund

Summary

Note: As of 2015, the Climate Action Plan is now referred to as the Climate Commitment. In November 2015, Boulder voters approved an extension of the  Climate Action Plan tax through 2020, with rates remaining the same.

In 2002, the Boulder City Council passed Resolution 906, committing the community to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to the target established by the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement adopted in 1997 to combat global climate change. In November 2006, citizens of Boulder, Colorado, voted to approve Ballot Issue No. 202, authorizing the city council to levy and

City of Boulder - Green Points Building Program

Summary

Residential

The Boulder Green Points Building Program is a mandatory residential green building program that requires a builder or homeowner to include a minimum amount of sustainable building components based on the size of the proposed structure. Similar to the US Green Building Council's LEED program, the Boulder Green Points program awards points for a menu of sustainable building practices. Renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are among the optional components a builder can use to earn points.

New construction projects also must show energy efficiency compliance

City of Boulder - Green Power Purchasing

Summary

As of October 1, 2014, the City of Boulder has 2,084 kilowatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) installed at city facilities with an additional 1 megawatt (MW) being developed. In addition to the PV, each of the three city-owned recreation center pools is partially heated with solar thermal systems generating 32,000 therms annually. For more information visit the city website.

City of Boulder - Solar Access Ordinance

Summary

The City of Boulder enacted an ordinance in 1982 to guarantee access to sunlight for homeowners and renters.

Solar Access

Solar access is guaranteed setting limits on the amount of permitted shading by new construction. The degree of solar access protection is defined by either a 12 foot or 25 foot hypothetical "solar fence" on the property lines of the protected buildings. The ordinance is designed to protect access for a 4-hour period on December 21st. Under most circumstances, new structures will not be allowed to shade adjacent lots to a greater extent than the applicable solar

City of Boulder - Solar Sales and Use Tax Rebate

Summary

In 2006, the City of Boulder established a solar sales and use tax rebate for photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating installations. Solar system owners may receive a rebate (essentially a tax refund) drawn from the unrestricted tax revenues collected from solar energy sales.

Out of the sales and use taxes paid to the City of Boulder for solar projects, approximately 55% of revenues go to restricted funds. Within one year of the city’s final inspection, solar project owners can apply to receive a refund of 35% from the amount paid to unrestricted (general) funds, making the value of the

City of Denver - Green Building Requirement for City-Owned Buildings

Summary

Executive Order 123, first signed in October 2007, established the Greenprint Denver Office and the sustainability policy for the city. In March 2013, Executive Order 123 was updated to create the Office of Sustainability—the successor to the Greenprint Denver Office—and establish key sustainability policies for the City and County of Denver.

The updated Executive Order 123 states that “all buildings constructed, renovated, or maintained with City funds or using City bonding capacity are to be designed, constructed, operated, and maintained according to the principles outlined in the U.S.

Colorado Natural Gas - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Colorado Natural Gas offers the Excess is Out Program for residential and commercial customers in Colorado. Incentives are available for purchasing and installing energy efficient furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, programmable thermostats, insulation, tank wrap, pipe wrap, caulk and weatherization measures. Under this offering, home energy evaluations, insulation rebates and air sealing rebates are only available to residential customers. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards listed on the program web site.  Applications must be submitted (with a copy of the receipt

Eagle County - Energy Smart Colorado Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Energy Smart Colorado is the first rural multi-jurisdictional consortium in the U.S. to implement a comprehensive residential energy efficiency program.

Residents of Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, and Summit Counties are eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy assistance, rebates, and financing through the Energy Smart Colorado program. The program helps homeowners identify, finance, and complete energy improvements in their homes.

Each participating county operates an Energy Resource Center (ERC), providing homeowners and contractors with a local, reliable

Eagle County - Energy Smart Colorado Renewable Energy Rebate Program

Summary

Energy Smart Colorado is the first rural multi-jurisdictional consortium in the U.S. to implement a comprehensive residential energy efficiency program.

Residents of Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, and Summit Counties are eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy assistance, rebates, and financing through the Energy Smart Colorado program. The program helps homeowners identify, finance, and complete energy improvements in their homes.

Each participating county operates an Energy Resource Center (ERC), providing homeowners and contractors with a local, reliable

Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Lake, and Pitkin Counties - Energy Smart Colorado Loan Program

Summary

Energy Smart Colorado is the first rural multi-jurisdictional consortium in the U.S. to implement a comprehensive residential energy efficiency program.

Residents of Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, and Summit Counties are eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy assistance, rebates, and financing through the Energy Smart Colorado program. The program helps homeowners identify, finance, and complete energy improvements in their homes.

Each participating county operates an Energy Resource Center (ERC), providing homeowners and contractors with a local, reliable

EZ Investment Tax Credit Refund for Renewable Energy Projects

Summary

Colorado's Enterprise Zone (EZ) program provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate and expand in designated economically distressed areas of the state -- those having a high unemployment rate, low per capita income, or a low population growth rate.  A taxpayer may claim an EZ investment tax credit for qualified investments located in an enterprise zone. The income tax credit is equal to 3% of the investment. A taxpayer can claim up to $750,000 during any tax year for eligible renewable energy. 

Refund in Lieu of a Tax Credit

A taxpayer who places a new renewable energy investment

Fort Collins - Green Building Requirement for City-Owned Buildings

Summary

The City Council of Fort Collins passed a resolution in September 2006 establishing green building goals for new city-owned buildings of 5,000 square feet or more. New buildings must be designed and constructed to achieve US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification, and existing buildings are to use the LEED standard as a guide for sustainable operation and maintenance, though no specific requirements are established.

To control the construction and design costs associated with new buildings meeting this standard, the goal of Gold can be reduced to Silver for projects where the

Fort Collins Utilities - Integrated Design Assistance Program

Summary
Financial incentives for building owners and design teams are available for participating in the Integrated Design Assistance Program. The program is based on the Architecture 2030 Challenge® and provides design, construction, and performance incentives. New construction and major renovation projects can participate. Participating project teams set a Target Energy Usage Index (EUI) early in the project using Energy Star® Target Finder and then design and build to that target. A year's worth of post-occupancy EUI data is collected to confirm the Target EUI is achieved.

Green Colorado Credit Reserve

Summary

The Green Colorado Credit Reserve (GCCR) is a loan loss reserve that was created by the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) to incentivize private lenders in Colorado to make small commercial loans up to $250,000 for capital improvements that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. The GCCR is administered by the Colorado Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) on behalf of the CEO.

How the Loan Loss Reserve Works

For each loan made by a participating lender, the GCCR will provide a loan loss reserve equal to 15% of the amount of the loan. For example, if a participating lender makes a loan for

Greening of State Government

Summary

Colorado has established mandatory sustainability requirements for the design and construction of state-owned buildings (including schools), state-assisted buildings, and publicly-assisted housing projects buildings. In July 2005, Colorado’s governor signed Executive Order D005 05, mandating that state agencies and departments evaluate business operations and implement new programs “to promote environmentally sustainable and economically efficient practices.” The order also created the Colorado Greening Government Coordinating Council (CGGCC), made up of representatives from each state

Gunnison County - Energy Smart Colorado Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Energy Smart Colorado is the first rural multi-jurisdictional consortium in the U.S. to implement a comprehensive residential energy efficiency program.

Residents of Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, and Summit Counties are eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy assistance, rebates, and financing through the Energy Smart Colorado program. The program helps homeowners identify, finance, and complete energy improvements in their homes.

Each participating county operates an Energy Resource Center (ERC), providing homeowners and contractors with a local, reliable

Gunnison County Electric - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Gunnison County Electric Association (GCEA), a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, has a residential rebate program for eligible Energy Star appliances including clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, ground source heat pumps, electric thermal storage systems. All efficiency requirements set forth by GCEA must be met in order to receive rebates.

Rebates must be requested within 180 days of installation. Rebates are offered in conjunction with Tri-State Generation and Transmission; therefore, the amounts listed above represent the combined rebate provided by both GCEA

Interconnection Standards

Summary

In December 2005 the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) adopted standards for net metering and interconnection, as required by Amendment 37, a renewable energy ballot initiative approved by Colorado voters in November 2004.

The PUC standards generally apply to investor-owned utilities (IOUs) with 40,000 or more customers and all electric cooperatives. Municipal utilities with 5,000 customers or more are required to adopt interconnection rules that are functionally similar to the PUC's standards (see H.B. 1160). Electric cooperatives and municipal utilities may reduce or waive any

La Plata Electric Association - Energy Efficient Equipment Rebate Program

Summary

La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) offers a variety of rebates for members to improve the efficiency of homes and facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of Energy Star appliances, the recycling of a refrigerator or freezer, electric water heaters, permanent electric heat, energy efficient motors, heat pumps, and commercial lighting measures.

The Energy Star Appliance and Refrigerator Recycling Program offers rebates for clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and refrigerator/freezer recycling. Customers have 180 days from date of purchase to apply for the rebate. Following

La Plata Electric Association - Renewable Generation Rebate Program

Summary

La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) offers an incentive, not to exceed the cost of the system, to residential and small commercial customers who install a photovoltaic (PV), wind, or hydropower facility. To be eligible for the rebate, the system must be grid-tied and located in LPEA's service territory. Systems 10 kilowatts (kW) or less are eligible for an upfront incentive based on the nameplate capacity and other factors. Systems greater than 10 kW are eligible for a performance-based incentive.

Payments are made every 6 months for the first 10 years of operation.

Customers interested

Lake County - Energy Smart Colorado Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Energy Smart Colorado is the first rural multi-jurisdictional consortium in the U.S. to implement a comprehensive residential energy efficiency program.

Residents of Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, and Summit Counties are eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy assistance, rebates, and financing through the Energy Smart Colorado program. The program helps homeowners identify, finance, and complete energy improvements in their homes.

Each participating county operates an Energy Resource Center (ERC), providing homeowners and contractors with a local, reliable

Lake County - Energy Smart Colorado Renewable Energy Rebate Program

Summary

Energy Smart Colorado is the first rural multi-jurisdictional consortium in the U.S. to implement a comprehensive residential energy efficiency program.

Residents of Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, and Summit Counties are eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy assistance, rebates, and financing through the Energy Smart Colorado program. The program helps homeowners identify, finance, and complete energy improvements in their homes.

Each participating county operates an Energy Resource Center (ERC), providing homeowners and contractors with a local, reliable

Local Option - Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems

Summary

Colorado enacted S.B. 07-145 in April 2007, authorizing counties and municipalities to offer property or sales tax rebates or credits to residential and commercial property owners who install renewable energy systems on their property. 

Eligible renewable energy property is defined as "any fixture, product, system, device or interacting group of devices that produce electricity from renewable resources, including, but not limited to, photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, small wind systems, biomass systems, or geothermal systems."

The incentive is administered at the local level by

Local Option - Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems

Summary

Colorado enacted S.B. 07-145 in April 2007, authorizing counties and municipalities to offer property or sales tax rebates or credits to residential and commercial property owners who install renewable energy systems on their property. 

Eligible renewable energy property is defined as "any fixture, product, system, device or interacting group of devices that produce electricity from renewable resources, including, but not limited to, photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, small wind systems, biomass systems, or geothermal systems."

The incentive is administered at the local level by

Loveland Water & Power - Home Energy Audit Rebate Program

Summary

Loveland Water & Power (LWP) is providing an incentive for customers living in single-family detached homes or attached townhouses that wish to upgrade the energy efficiency of eligible homes. Customers can schedule a $60 energy audit through LWP, to identify a variety of inefficient household features and measures. Based on audit findings and recommendations, LWP will contact three contractors on behalf of the customer and begin a bid process. Customers will select a contractor and choose from a range of potential upgrade measures which match the budget and savings goals of customers.

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    Mandatory Green Power Option for Large Municipal Utilities

    Summary

    Municipal electric utilities serving more than 40,000 customers in Colorado must offer an optional green-power program that allows retail customers the choice of supporting emerging renewable technologies. The renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the resources are retired upon their sale to a customer, and may not be used for compliance with Colorado's renewable portfolio standard.

    Mandatory Photovoltaic System Cost Estimate

    Summary

    At the request of a customer or a potential customer, Colorado electric utilities are required to conduct a cost comparison of a photovoltaic (PV) system to any proposed distribution line extension if the customer or potential customer provides the utility with load data (estimated monthly kilowatt-hour usage) requested by the utility to conduct the comparison, and if the customer's or potential customer's peak demand is estimated to be less than 25 kilowatts (kW). In performing the comparison analysis, the utility must consider line-extension distance, overhead or underground construction,

    Mountain View Electric Association, Inc - Energy Efficiency Rebates Program

    Summary

    Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. (MVEA) and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., MVEA’s power supplier, offers rebates to MVEA customers who install qualifying energy efficiency equipment and appliances, or pursue large scale facility lighting upgrades.  Both residential and business customers are eligible for rebates. All equipment requirements must be met in order to receive these credits.  The LED street lighting and commercial lighting replacement programs require pre-approval by Tri-State.  For more information on applying, eligibility, and incentive payments,

    Poudre Valley REA - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

    Summary

    Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA), a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, offers residential energy efficiency rebate programs for qualified residential heat pumps, air conditioners refrigerators/freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers, residential water heaters, and LED lighting. Incentive amounts vary by the size and efficiency of the system; specific details are listed on the program web site.

    PVREA is also offering rebates to qualifying existing homeowners for the installation of insulation and air sealing measures. The program provides a rebate to homeowners that insulate and air

    Property Tax Exemption for Community Solar Gardens

    Summary

    Community solar gardens are classified as locally assessed properties for the purpose of property taxation. H.B. 1101 exempts from property tax the percentage of electricity capacity (AC) of a community solar garden that is attributed to residential subscribers, governmental subscribers, or organizations that already have been granted property tax-exempt status. The property tax exemption is for the tax years beginning on January 1, 2015 and ending before January 1, 2021. 

    Property Tax Exemption for Residential Renewable Energy Equipment

    Summary

    Property Tax Exemption

    Renewable energy personal property that is located on a residential classified property, owned by the residential property owner, and produces energy that is used by the residential property is exempt from Colorado property taxation.

    Independently owned residential solar electric generation facilities that meet the criteria listed in § 39-1-102 (6.8), C.R.S. are exempt from Colorado property taxation under § 39-3-102, C.R.S. To qualify for the exemption the solar electric generation facility must be located on residential real property, used to produce electricity from

    Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Schools Loan

    Summary

    The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Schools (REEES) Loan Program was created in 2009 to provide low-interest loans to school districts for the purpose of installing renewable energy systems and purchasing energy efficient school buses. The program was amended in May 2014 via S.B. 14-202 to broaden the scope of eligible energy efficiency projects to include all projects that result in a more efficient use of energy or resources, including water conservation projects. Eligible types of renewable energy include wind, solar, biomass, small hydro, and “other sources of renewable energy

    Renewable Energy Property Tax Assessment

    Summary

    Locally Assessed Renewable Energy Property

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy facilities with a capacity of 2 megawatts (MW) AC or less are assessed locally for property taxes. Additionally, low impact hydro, geothermal, and biomass facilities with a capacity of 2 MW or less and which were placed in service prior to January 1, 2010, are also assessed locally for property taxes. In assigning value to renewable energy property, local assessors are required to use the cost approach outlined in the Assessors' Reference Library. Assessors must also examine the sales comparison and income

    Roaring Fork Valley - Energy Smart Colorado Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

    Summary

    Energy Smart Colorado is the first rural multi-jurisdictional consortium in the U.S. to implement a comprehensive residential energy efficiency program.

    Residents of Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, and Summit Counties are eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy assistance, rebates, and financing through the Energy Smart Colorado program. The program helps homeowners identify, finance, and complete energy improvements in their homes.

    Each participating county operates an Energy Resource Center (ERC), providing homeowners and contractors with a local, reliable

    Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Equipment

    Summary

    Colorado exempts from the state's sales and use tax all sales, storage, and use of components used in the production of alternating current electricity from a renewable energy source for fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2006. The exemption for systems which produce electricity from a renewable resource includes, but is not limited to, photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar thermal-electric systems, small wind systems, biomass systems, or geothermal systems.

    Effective July 1, 2009, through July 1, 2017, all sales, storage, and use of components used in solar thermal systems are exempt from

    San Isabel Electric Association - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

    Summary

    San Isabel Electric Association (SIEA) provides incentives for its residential customers to install energy efficient equipment. Rebates are available for certain water heaters, washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers,  air conditioners, heat pumps, lighting units, programmable thermostats, sensors, insulation, ETS room units, and ETS furnaces that meet the program requirements. Contact the utility or view the website above for complete details.

    San Miguel Power Association - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

    Summary

    San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) offers a variety of rebates to customers for the purchase and installation of energy efficient equipment and appliances. Both residential and commercial customers are eligible to participate in this program. Eligible equipment includes geothermal heat pumps, central air conditioners, air source heat pumps, water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, electric motors, lighting, and weatherization measures. All purchased appliances must be ENERGY STAR rated in order to qualify. To participate, fill out the Energy Efficiency Credit

    San Miguel Power Association - Renewable Energy Rebate Program

    Summary

    San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) is providing rebates to its residential and commercial customers for installing photovoltaic (PV), small wind, and solar water heating systems systems as well as other renewable energy systems (e.g., micro-hydro, biomass) on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must own the system to qualify for the rebate. Systems leased from a third party are ineligible. 

    See website above for more information.

    Sangre De Cristo Electric Association - Energy Efficiency Credit Program

    Summary

    The Sangre De Cristo Electric Association (SDCEA) offers the Energy Efficiency Credit Program, a rebate program which offers incentives for heat pumps, water heaters, appliances, and LED lighting.

    Contact SDCEA for heat pump rebate requirements and amounts.

    New and replacement water heaters are also eligible for rebates under this program. Water heaters are eligible for a $100 rebate per unit, and an additional $25 rebate for units controlled by low wattage elements (3,000 watts maximum). In addition, the customer can receive a $25 rebate for purchasing a lifetime warranty on the water

    Solar Construction Permitting Standards

    Summary

    Owners of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heating systems in Colorado are required to obtain a building permit before their systems may be installed. Permits are handled at the local level and awarded by counties and municipalities.

    In May 2008, the legislature enacted a statewide cap for permit fees for active solar energy devices. For systems up to 2 MW-DC, counties and municipalities can charge no more than the lesser of the local government's actual cost to issue a permit or $500 for a residential application and $1,000 for a nonresidential application. For systems 2 MW

    Solar, Wind, and Energy Efficiency Easements and Rights Laws

    Summary
    Note: Enacted March 2015, H.B. 15-1121 clarified rights and duties of parties entering into a agreements between landowners and wind energy developers and how to record such an agreement in county land records.
    Colorado's solar access laws, which date back to 1979, prohibit any residential covenants that restrict solar access. In 2008, H.B. 1270 extended the law to protect installations of wind turbines that meet the state's interconnection standards and certain energy efficiency measures including awnings, shutters, and other shade structures; garage fans; energy-efficient outdoor lighting;

    SourceGas - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

    Summary

    SourceGas offers the Excess is Out Program for residential customers in Colorado. The Excess is Out Program offers various rebates for the installation of energy efficient equipment. The Program offers incentives for energy efficient furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, equipment tune-ups, equipment insulation, and home insulation. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards listed on the program website. 

    Applications may be submitted via an online web form. All purchase and installation requirements must be met. Further instructions are available on the program website listed

    Southeast Colorado Power Association - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

    Summary

    Southeast Colorado Power Association (SECPA) offers a variety of rebates to customers who purchase and install energy efficient appliances, motors and HVAC equipment. This equipment includes water heaters, air-source, water-source and geothermal heat pumps, air conditioners, motors, ETS units, dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators and freezers, and radiant heaters. Commercial and residential customers are eligible for these rebates. All efficiency requirements and program procedures must be met in order to be eligible for rebate payment. Some rebates on pieces of equipment vary by size,

    Summit County - Energy Smart Colorado Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

    Summary

    Energy Smart Colorado is the first rural multi-jurisdictional consortium in the U.S. to implement a comprehensive residential energy efficiency program.

    Residents of Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, and Summit Counties are eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy assistance, rebates, and financing through the Energy Smart Colorado program. The program helps homeowners identify, finance, and complete energy improvements in their homes.

    Each participating county operates an Energy Resource Center (ERC), providing homeowners and contractors with a local, reliable

    United Power - Renewable Energy Rebate Program

    Summary

    United Power is providing rebates to their customers for the purchase of photovoltaic (PV), wind, and solar water heating systems. These incentives are separate from the rebates provided by the Colorado Governor's Energy Office and require separate applications. PV and wind systems must be grid-connected. Systems up to 25 kW in capacity may be installed, but United Power will only provide a rebate for the first 3 kW. Systems installed as part of new construction or residential development properties are not eligible for this program.

    Xcel Energy (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

    Summary

    Xcel Energy residential customers in Colorado can qualify for cash incentives on a variety of energy efficient products and home improvements. Standard rebates are available for heat pumps, evaporative coolers, central A/C systems, ground source heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and insulation that meet the program requirements. Rebate program expiration dates may vary depending on the technology. Consult the program website for more specific information on the rebate structure. Only equipment which meet minimum efficiency standards will be included in rebate program. Measures may require

    Xcel Energy (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

    Summary

    Xcel Energy residential natural gas customers in Colorado can qualify for cash incentives on a variety of energy efficient products. Standard rebates are available for furnaces, boilers, water heaters, insulation, and air sealing that meet the program requirements. Rebate program expiration dates may vary depending on the technology. Consult the program website for details.

    Xcel Energy - Energy Design Assistance

    Summary
    Xcel Energy offers Energy Design Assistance (EDA) to qualified Colorado business customers. EDA gives customers a comprehensive approach to energy and cost savings for businesses considering new construction or renovation projects. EDA services can be tailored to the unique needs of each business. Featured services include: energy consulting services and predictive energy modeling, free to participants; enhanced services, including help toward a green building certification and early analyses in areas such as daylighting, lighting, massing, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC

    Xcel Energy - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

    Summary

    The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program pays incentives for existing homes receiving gas and electric service from Xcel to take a whole-house approach to energy savings. Customers must complete all improvements before they are eligible to receive rebates. After a Home Energy Audit, participating contractors install the customer's recommended improvements, collect receipts, and submit rebate paperwork. 

    To take advantage of these rebates, you must complete a Home Energy Audit first, and then perform a total of three improvements from the table above. If your auditor recommends attic

    Xcel Energy - Residential Energy Efficiency Financing

    Summary

    Xcel Energy connects residential customers with third-party lending partners, Elevations Credit Union and Lendkey, to provide qualifying residential customers with access to loan products for home energy efficiency improvements. Loans for qualifying home energy efficiency projects can be combined with rebates to make projects even more affordable (loans are also available for non-rebated measures).

    LendKey Home Energy Efficiency Loan: The LendKey Home Energy Efficiency Loan is available to residential customers throughout Xcel Energy’s Colorado service territory. This loan features a field of

    Xcel Energy - Solar*Rewards Community Program

    Summary

    Note: In December 2014, the Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy to acquire between 6.5 MW and 30 MW per year through the Solar*Rewards Community Program in 2014-2016. Xcel Energy is currently soliciting bids through a 2016 RFP to develop projects up to 2 MW . Submissions are due April 4.

    Legislation approved in 2010 allowed for the development of "community solar gardens" in Colorado. Under the rules of traditional net metering, a utility customer may offset their electricity consumption with electricity produced by a renewable energy system located on their property.

    Xcel Energy - Solar*Rewards Program

    Summary

    Note: The Solar*Rewards Program has capacity limits that are allocated on a monthly basis for the Small Program and quarterly for the Medium Program. These allocations typically fill quickly when the application windows open. Check the program website for the latest information on available capacity remaining and other program updates.

    Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Program provides incentives for customers who install grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems sized up to 120% of the average annual load of their homes and facilities. Xcel purchases the renewable energy credits (RECs) produced by