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Add State and Local Incentives to the 30% Federal Tax Credit
Learn about solar incentives and solar rebates. Find out what is available to you through federal, state and local programs, as well as local utilities.
State and Local Solar Panel Rebates
Combining the Federal tax credit with state incentives you qualify for may significantly reduce the cost of your solar PV system.

Read more good news about these programs and important tips on qualifying below.
Federal Solar Tax Credit
30% of the cost of your Solar Electric System and installation can be deducted from your federal tax bill.

Read more about this credit and what qualifies.





Solar Incentives by State… Click on your state to see what is available.    
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— You may be able to afford a larger solar PV system than you originally thought!
— You may be able to add the battery backup system you were planning to buy in a year or two



The Good News About Solar System Incentives, Qualifications and Tips
Some solar incentive programs pay you back over time, based on the energy you generate. Other solar incentives are one-time payments of rebates or credits. Incentive requirements and definitions may vary between states.

Incentive types can be specifically for residential, schools, business, or industrial; or inclusive of all of them. Solar incentives are mainly for grid tied systems and are sometimes available for off grid systems.

The incentives may be only for solar photovoltaic (electric), for electricity generated by wind, or for solar thermal (hot water generation). Other types of incentives may incorporate multiple solar technologies.

Programs with yearly or periodic application dates have credits or rebate rates that may be stepped down over time.

To qualify for incentives, your solar system may have to be installed by a licensed Photovoltaic System Installer, and/or connected to the grid by a licensed Electrician. This may be particularly true for Grid-Tie (Grid-Intertied) systems.
Plan ahead and act quickly. Many incentive programs are time sensitive. First-come-first-served programs, such as lotteries, can be spoken for in minutes after the opening of their application date.

Be careful including incentives in your PV system's budget due to requirements and possible deadlines to meet before qualifying.

Always consult a tax professional in regards to your eligibility for tax incentives.





Solar Incentive Glossary
Battery Backup Systems
Battery backup systems can store electricity from the grid or a fuel-powered generator to provide emergency power when the grid goes down. It can also store energy created PV system to power appliances and lights at night after the sun goes down.

Feed in Tariffs,
a Performance Based Incentive, or PBI

(Available for Grid Tied Systems.)
Feed-in Tariffs are typically long term contracts with your local utility for performance-based compensation.

The contracts are typically a 15-25 year purchase agreement at a guaranteed rate. The rate may decrease over time as specified in the agreement. Feed-in Tariffs may ultimately pay for your PV system or even exceed your initial investment depending on the specifics in the contract.

Originally started in Germany in 1990 and restructured in 2000 to include the right to interconnect to the utility grid. It was designed as an incentive to promote cost-effective renewable energy use and advancements in technologies. Due to its success, the current German policy is the cornerstone for the creation of many feed-in tariff programs around the globe.

Green Building Programs
(May be available for Off-grid and/or Grid-tied Systems.)
Green Building Programs are generally for new construction and remodeling, or just adding a solar electric system. The most common incentives are reductions or waivers of building permit fees. Some state or local organizations offer coupons that reduce construction and/or installation costs to homeowners. The home or business owner usually gives the coupon to their program-authorized installer/contractor. Once the system is installed the installer/contractor can be reimbursed for the amount of the coupon by the program's organization.

Grid-Tied PV Systems
Grid tied systems are inter-connected to send energy back to the grid when your solar electric system creates more than you're using; and you can receive energy from the grid when you're using more electricity than your system is generating at the moment. Learn more about grid-tied solar systems.

Loans
(May be available for Off-grid and/or Grid-tied Systems.)
State or local governments may offer low or zero interest loans for renewable energy projects. Terms are typically 10 years or less. If you are going to purchase or remodel a home that you are going to add a solar system to you may also want to see the Energy Star website for information on Energy Improvement Mortgages (EIMs).

Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing may be offered by states that have been authorized to participate in this program. The amount of the loan is determined by a special assessment of your property and is typically repaid over a period of years.

Check with your local banks and credit unions as they may offer renewable energy loans for less than the prime rate. Also consider that mortgage loans and home equity loans can offer several advantages: longer terms, lower interest rates than conventional bank loans, and tax-deductible interest.
Net Metering
(Available for Grid Tied Systems.)
As of January 2012, only four states do not have net metering policies ‐ South Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. These programs are for utility customers who generate their own electricity and feed excess energy back into the grid. Net-metered customers may use grid energy when their electrical demand exceeds their solar electric system's output. Solar electric credit rates are applied to the customer's total electric use and are shown on the utility bills.

The credit rates and rules vary from state to state. Unused solar electric system credits may expire in a specified time period or they may be carried over from year to year. The credits may only be applied to the utility bill or you may be allowed to get a refund check at the end of a designated period, usually the end of the year.

Off-Grid PV Systems
Off grid systems do not feed energy back to the grid. You may be completely independent from the grid or you may be receiving grid electricity to supplement your system (Grid-Assisted). Learn more about off-grid solar systems.

Solar PV System (Photovoltaics)
A solar PV system uses photovoltaic panels (or modules) to create electricity. This powers appliances, lights, and other electric equipment.

Solar Thermal System
A solar thermal system uses panels (or modules) to heat water. The hot water is typically used instead of a water heater for everyday water use, or in a radiant heating system to warm the air.

State and Local Tax Incentives
(May be available for Off-grid and/or Grid-tied Systems.)
  • Personal tax incentives include income tax credits (dollar-for-dollar reduction on what you owe) and income tax deductions (reduces your taxable income).
  • Property tax exemptions, exclusions and credit incentives generally exclude the added value of the system from your yearly property tax. Abatements may reduce a percentage of your yearly property tax over time.
  • State sales tax incentives can be an exemption from or a credit towards the applicable sales tax.
Utility Rate Discounts & Rebates
(Available for Grid Tied Systems.)
Some utilities and state or local programs may offer temporarily reduced rates on utility bills, or one time rebates on the installation of solar systems and purchases of energy efficient appliances and/or HVAC systems.


Updated: 11/26/2016
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Colorado Solar Incentives
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INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Energy Standard
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Renewables Portfolio Standard
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO24R
DETAILS:
Standard - Investor-owned utilities: 30% by 2020
Electric cooperatives serving 100,000 or more meters: 20% by 2020
Electric cooperatives serving fewer than 100,000 meters: 10% by 2020
Municipal utilities serving more than 40,000 customers: 10% by 2020
Technology Minimum - Investor-owned utilities: 3% of retail sales by 2020 must come from Distributed Generation (as defined in law), of which, half must be "retail distributed generation" serving on-site load

Cooperatives that provide service to 10,000 or more meters: 1% of retail sales by 2020 must come from Distributed Generation (as defined in law), of which, half must be "retail distributed generation" serving on-site load

Cooperatives that provide service to less than 10,000 meters: 0.75% of retail sales by 2020 must come from Distributed Generation (as defined in law), of which, half must be "retail distributed generation" serving on-site load.
Compliance Multipliers - 1.25 for electricity generated from eligible energy resources beginning operation prior to 2015 (excludes retail DG)
1.50 for electricity generated at a “community-based project”
3.00 for electricity generated from solar located in the territory of a cooperative or municipal utility; the electricity must be generated by a facility that begins operation before July 1, 2015, for electric cooperatives and by December 31, 2016, for municipal utilities
2.00 for electricity generated by projects up to 30 MW that are interconnected to electrical transmission or distribution lines owned by a cooperative or municipal utility that are installed prior to December 31, 2014
REC Lifetime - RECs expire at the end of the fifth calendar year following the calendar year in which it was generated.
Credit Trading/Tracking System - Yes (WREGIS)
Alternative Compliance Payment - N/A
WEBSITE: http://www.dora.state.co.us/PUC/rulemaking/RenewableEnergyStandard.htm
LAST UPDATE: 08/05/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Solar, Wind, and Energy Efficiency Easements and Rights Laws
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Access Policy
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO01R
LAST UPDATE: 08/24/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Mandatory Photovoltaic System Cost Estimate
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Line Extension Analysis
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO02R
DETAILS:
Availability - Customer's or potential customer's peak demand must be estimated to be under 25 kW
Service - Cost-benefit analysis
LAST UPDATE: 10/02/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Net Metering
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Net Metering
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO26R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - All utilities (except municipal utilities with less than 5,000 customers)
System Capacity Limit - IOU customers: 120% of the customer's average annual consumption.
Municipality and co-op customers: 25 kW for non-residential; 10 kW for residential.
Aggregate Capacity Limit - No limit specified
Community solar gardens: 6 MW/yr for 2011-2013; set by PUC thereafter
Net Excess Generation - Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate. After 12-month cycle, IOU customers may opt to roll over credit indefinitely or to receive payment at IOU's average hourly incremental cost. Municipality and co-ops provide annual reconciliation at a rate they deem appropriate.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Customer owns RECs
Meter Aggregation - Allowed for IOU customers
Community solar gardens are allowed
LAST UPDATE: 08/27/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: City of Boulder - Green Points Building Program
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Building Energy Code
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO06R
DETAILS:
Residential Code - New construction must be 14%-64% more efficient than 2012 IECC levels depending on building type and square footage (i.e., HERS score of 60 to 25)
Additions and remodels must be 5%-30% more efficient than 2012 IECC levels depending on building type and square footage (i.e., HERS score of 70 to 50)
Residential building permit applicants for new construction or renovations must also obtain an energy audit and meet Green Points Requirements
Commercial Code - Required to exceed the energy efficiency requirements of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 Energy Standard for Building Except for Low-Rise Residential Buildings or 2012 IECC by at least 30 percent
Energy modeling is required for all commercial buildings over 20,000 sq. ft.
WEBSITE: https://bouldercolorado.gov/plan-develop/green-building-and-green-points-program
LAST UPDATE: 02/12/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Holy Cross Energy - Renewable Energy Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO11F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Varies by system size and customer type (see summary below)
Maximum Incentive - $20,000 for taxable entities
$10,100 for non-taxable entities
Eligible System Size - Maximum production of 120% of customer's monthly demand or 25 kW, whichever is less
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Holy Cross Energy
WEBSITE: http://www.holycross.com/rebates/renewable-energy-rebates
UTILITIES: Holy Cross Electric Assn, Inc,
LAST UPDATE: 03/02/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: City of Aspen - Renewable Energy Goal
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Renewables Portfolio Standard
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO19R
DETAILS:
Standard - 100% by 2015 (goal)
WEBSITE: http://www.aspenpitkin.com/Living-in-the-Valley/Green-Initiatives/Renewable-Energy/
LAST UPDATE: 01/25/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: City of Boulder - Green Power Purchasing
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Green Power Purchasing
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO18R
DETAILS:
Renewables % or Amount - Solar PV: 2,084 kW + 1,000 kW being developed
Solar Pool Heating: 32,000 therms/year
WEBSITE: https://bouldercolorado.gov/public-works/energy-efficiency-upgrades-at-city-facilities-energy-performance-contract
LAST UPDATE: 02/24/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: City of Aspen and Pitkin County - Renewable Energy Mitigation Program
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Building Energy Code
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO16R
DETAILS:
Residential Code - 2009 IECC and a local Efficient Building code. Additional requirements for snowmelt systems, outdoor spas and pools, and houses 5,000 square feet or larger.
Commercial Code - 2009 IECC with local amendments. Special requirements for snowmelt systems and outdoor spas and pools.
WEBSITE: http://aspencore.org/programs/remp/
LAST UPDATE: 02/24/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: City of Boulder - Solar Access Ordinance
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Access Policy
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO08R
WEBSITE: https://www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/PDS/forms/815_Solar_Access_Brochure.pdf
LAST UPDATE: 02/24/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Roaring Fork Valley - Energy Smart Colorado Renewable Energy Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Renewable Energy Mitigation Program
CODE: CO06F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - PV: $1/W for customer-owned systems, $0.5/W for leased systems
Solar Water Heat: $1,500 per panel
Solar Thermal Tune-up: 25% of project cost
Micro-hydro and Geothermal: 25%
Maximum Incentive - $3,000 per renewable energy technology
Solar Thermal Tune-up: $500
Max total rebate for renewable energy: $6,000/household
Eligible System Size - PV: up to 3kW
Equipment Requirements - Geothermal heat pump: meets ENERGY STAR requirements
Installation Requirements - Certifying installer holds current NABCEP certification in PV/solar heating or Master Plumber certification (for solar thermal systems)
WEBSITE: http://www.energysmartcolorado.com/rebates-2/
LAST UPDATE: 05/20/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Xcel Energy - Solar*Rewards Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Performance-Based Incentive
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO12F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Customer-owned systems 0.5 kW - 25 kW: $0.02/kWh for first 10 years of production
Third-party-owned systems 0.5 kW - 25 kW: $0.01/kWh for first 20 years of production
Medium-sized systems 25.1-500 kW: $0.05/kWh
Terms - 20-year contract
Eligible System Size - Minimum size of 0.5 kW
Limited to 120% of average annual consumption of the site
Equipment Requirements - Eligible modules and inverters are listed on the California Energy Commission web site;
Solar systems must carry a 5-year warranty from both the manufacturer and the installer, including parts and labor.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Xcel Energy
WEBSITE: http://www.xcelenergy.com/Energy_Solutions/Residential_Solutions/Renewable_Energy_Solutions/SolarRewards_for_Residences
UTILITIES: Public Service Co of Colorado,
LAST UPDATE: 09/24/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Interconnection Standards
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Interconnection
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO28R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - IOUs with 40,000 or more customers
All electrical cooperatives
Municipal utilities with 5,000 or more customers
System Capacity Limit - 10 MW
Standard Agreement - Yes
Insurance Requirements - $300,000 (10 kW or less)
$1,000,000 (up to 500 kW)
$2,000,000 (up to 2 MW)
Case-by-case determination (up to 10 MW)
Net Metering Required - No
LAST UPDATE: 12/21/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Colorado Springs Utilities - Renewable Energy Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO13F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - PV: $0.50 per watt
Solar Water Heating: 30% of installed cost

Maximum Incentive - PV: Total installed costs up to 50% program budget
Solar Water Heating: $15,000
Eligible System Size - Residential PV: 0.5kW - 10kW
Commercial PV: 0.5kW - 25kW
Equipment Requirements - The PV system and inverter must carry a minimum 5-year warranty.
PV Modules must carry a 20 year warranty against performance degradation below 80 percent of original output
Solar Water Heaters must be OG-100 rated
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Colorado Springs Utilities
BUDGET: $576,242 (2014)
WEBSITE: https://www.csu.org/pages/renewable-energy.aspx
UTILITIES: Colorado Springs City of,
LAST UPDATE: 10/07/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Fort Collins Utilities - Home Efficiency Loan Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO16F
DETAILS:
Maximum Loan - $15,000

Loan Term - Rate: 2.5% fixed (for 2015); APRs range from 2.61-9.25%
Repayment Terms: 5, 7, 10, 15, or 20 years
Fees: $25 application fee, $150 origination fee
WEBSITE: http://www.fcgov.com/utilities/residential/conserve/financing
UTILITIES: Fort Collins City of,
LAST UPDATE: 07/08/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Greening of State Government
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO35R
WEBSITE: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/GovEnergyOffice/CBON/1251597744880#tab6
LAST UPDATE: 10/02/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Black Hills Energy - Solar Power Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Performance-Based Incentive
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO35F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Systems sized 0.5 kW - 10 kW: $0.05/kWh
Systems sized 10.001 kW - 30 kW: $0.05/kWh
Systems sized 30.001 kW - 60 kW: $0.075/kWh
Systems sized 60.001 kW - 100 kW: $0.075/kWh
Terms - 10 years
Eligible System Size - System must be sized to meet no more than 120% of the building's most recent 12 month demand
Equipment Requirements - PV modules must be warranted for a minimum period of 20 years. All other components (with the exception of batteries), labor and installation must be warranted for a minimum period of 5 years. All equipment must be new, UL-listed, and meet IEEE standards.
Installation Requirements - PV installations are subject to on-site supervision by a NABCEP certified professional to maintain a 3:1 ratio for the installation crew (one certified installer for every three solar installers)
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Black Hills Energy (in exchange for PBI payment)
WEBSITE: http://www.blackhillsenergy.com/solar
UTILITIES: Black Hills/Colorado Elec.Utility Co. LP,
LAST UPDATE: 03/25/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Building Energy Code
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Building Energy Code
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO36R
DETAILS:
Residential Code - 2003 IECC or any successor edition is the minimum energy code for any jurisdiction that has adopted a building code; can use REScheck to show compliance.
Commercial Code - 2003 IECC or any successor edition is the minimum energy code for any jurisdiction that has adopted a building code; can use COMcheck to show compliance. In any area that does not adopt or enforce local codes, the 1993 MEC is mandatory for hotels, motels, and multifamily dwellings.
Code Change Cycle - No set schedule. Most recent code update July 1, 2008.
WEBSITE: http://bcap-ocean.org/state-country/colorado
LAST UPDATE: 10/02/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Energy Property Tax Assessment
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO46F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Varies depending on rate set annually by the Division of Property Taxation
WEBSITE: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dola/renewable-energy-0
LAST UPDATE: 10/07/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Mandatory Green Power Option for Large Municipal Utilities
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Mandatory Utility Green Power Option
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO38R
LAST UPDATE: 10/08/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Local Option - Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO49F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Varies (local option)
Maximum Incentive - Varies (local option)
LAST UPDATE: 10/08/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Local Option - Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Sales Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO50F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Varies (local option)
Maximum Incentive - Varies (local option)
LAST UPDATE: 10/08/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: La Plata Electric Association - Renewable Generation Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO144F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - PV 10 kW-DC or less: Upfront incentive of $100
PV greater than 10 kW-DC: Performance-based incentive and is paid every 6 months for 10 years, contact LPEA for current REC value
Check LPEA website for future REC values.
Contact LPEA for wind and hydro incentives
Maximum Incentive - Varies
Eligible System Size - 0.5 kW minimum
Installation Requirements - Systems must be grid-tied
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Renewable energy credits are granted to the utility for the first 10 years of operation
WEBSITE: http://www.lpea.coop/renewables/REC_payment.html
UTILITIES: La Plata Electric Assn, Inc,
LAST UPDATE: 02/29/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Fort Collins - Green Building Requirement for City-Owned Buildings
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO40R
WEBSITE: http://www.fcgov.com/greenbuilding/
LAST UPDATE: 01/25/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: City of Denver - Green Building Requirement for City-Owned Buildings
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO44R
WEBSITE: http://www.denvergov.org/sustainability/OfficeofSustainability/tabid/445198/Default.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 10/08/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: City of Boulder - Solar Grant Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Grant Program
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO151F
WEBSITE: https://bouldercolorado.gov/lead/solar-rebate-and-solar-grant-programs
LAST UPDATE: 02/12/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Solar Construction Permitting Standards
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO45R
LAST UPDATE: 10/08/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Equipment
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Sales Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO160F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 100%
WEBSITE: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/Sales83.pdf
LAST UPDATE: 07/21/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Local Option - Improvement Districts for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Improvements
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: PACE Financing
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO161F
DETAILS:
Terms - Locally determined
WEBSITE: http://copace.com/
LAST UPDATE: 12/21/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: City of Boulder - Solar Sales and Use Tax Rebate
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Sales Tax Incentive
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO172F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - ~15% refund on sales and use tax for the solar installation
WEBSITE: https://bouldercolorado.gov/lead/solar-rebate-and-solar-grant-programs
LAST UPDATE: 01/25/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Property Tax Exemption for Residential Renewable Energy Equipment
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO188F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 100% exemption for renewable energy system property
Equipment Requirements - Energy produced by the system must be used on-site
LAST UPDATE: 07/23/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: United Power - Renewable Energy Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO192F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - PV and wind: $0.20/W for systems placed in service before July 1, 2015; $0.10/W thereafter
Solar Water Heating: $15/KBtu
Maximum Incentive - PV: $1,800 for systems placed in service before July 1, 2015; $1,000 thereafter
Wind: $600
Solar Water Heating: $600
Eligible System Size - PV and Wind: 0.5 kW - 25 kW
Equipment Requirements - Solar water heater must be SRCC-certified have an electric water heater back-up system
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Granted to utility for 20 years
WEBSITE: http://www.unitedpower.com/mainNav/yourEnergyOptions/rebate/renewableIncentives.aspx
UTILITIES: United Power, Inc,
LAST UPDATE: 03/02/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: San Miguel Power Association - Renewable Energy Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Utility Funds
CODE: CO193F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - PV and Small Wind: $0.75 per watt-DC
Solar Water Heating: $1,500
Maximum Incentive - Residential PV: $2,250 or up to 3 kW; not to exceed 50% of system cost
Commercial PV: $7,500 or up to 10 kW; not to exceed 50% of system cost
Small Wind Residential: $2,250 or up to 3 kW; not to exceed 50% of system cost
Eligible System Size - Residential Wind and PV Systems: 100% of consumption history or 10 kW, whichever is less
Commercial Wind and PV Systems: 100% of consumption history or 25 kW, whichever is less
Solar Water Heating Systems: Minimum capacity of 30,000 BTs per day
Equipment Requirements - Solar Water Heaters: Must have electric back-up with a storage tank of at least 60 gallons, and must be SRCC OG-100 rated.
Wind: Must be certified by the Small Wind Certification Council
Installation Requirements - PV: Contractor must be a NABCEP Certified PV installer
Solar Water Heating: Contractor must be a NABCEP Certified PV installer or solar heating installer
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Granted to utility
WEBSITE: http://www.smpa.com/content/renewable-rebates
UTILITIES: San Miguel Power Assn, Inc,
LAST UPDATE: 03/03/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: City of Boulder - EnergySmart Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Boulder County, the City of Boulder Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax, and the City of Longmont
CODE: CO212F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Varies by project and technology
Maximum Incentive - Varies by project and technology
BUDGET: $12.5 million
WEBSITE: http://www.energysmartyes.com/
LAST UPDATE: 02/04/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Xcel Energy - Solar*Rewards Community Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Performance-Based Incentive
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO218F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 2015 Large RFP Program:
Determined through competitive bid. RFP released on March 3, 2016
Eligible System Size - 2 MW maximum size for Large RFP Program
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Subscriber organization
BUDGET: 6.5 MW - 30 MW of projects per year for 2014-2016
WEBSITE: http://www.xcelenergy.com/Programs_and_Rebates/Residential_Programs_and_Rebates/Renewable_Energy_Programs/Solar_Rewards_Community
UTILITIES: Public Service Co of Colorado,
LAST UPDATE: 03/15/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Boulder County - Elevations Energy Loans
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO219F
DETAILS:
Loan Term - Residential
Terms range from 36 months to 15 years
Minimum loan of $500 (residential)
Commercial
Terms range from 36 months to 10 years
Minimum loan of $1,000
Loan fee of 2% for energy loans over $40,000
Interest Rate - Residential
Rates start as low as 2.75% APR
Commercial
Rates start as low as 3.75% APR

WEBSITE: https://www.elevationscu.com/energyloans
LAST UPDATE: 07/23/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: City and County of Denver - Elevations Energy Loans
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO220F
DETAILS:
Maximum Loan - Minimum loan of $1,000 for businesses and $500 for homes
Loan Term - Terms range from 36 months to 10 years
2% loan fee for energy loans over $40,000
Interest Rate - As low as 3.75% APR for businesses and 2.75% for homes
WEBSITE: https://www.elevationscu.com/energyloans
LAST UPDATE: 09/28/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: City and County of Denver - Solar Panel Permitting
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO47R
WEBSITE: http://www.denvergov.org/developmentservices/DevelopmentServices/HomeProjects/OutsidetheHome/SolarPanels/tabid/441392/Default.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 02/18/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Lake, and Pitkin Counties - Energy Smart Colorado Loan Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO221F
DETAILS:
Maximum Loan - $25,000
Loan Term - Fixed interest rates starting at 3.75%, up to 8.5%. No money down. Minimum credit score of 580 required. Maximum terms of 84 months (for loans less than $7,500) and 120 months (for loans greater than or equal to $7,500)
WEBSITE: http://www.energysmartcolorado.com/financing/
LAST UPDATE: 02/24/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Schools Loan
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Colorado Education Fund
CODE: CO223F
DETAILS:
Maximum Loan - $1,000,000 per school district
Loan Term - Maximum 15-year loan term
WEBSITE: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/energyoffice/energy-savings-schools-program
LAST UPDATE: 07/21/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Energy Savings Mortgage Incentive for Existing Homes
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO225F
WEBSITE: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/energyoffice/mortgage-incentive-homes
LAST UPDATE: 10/05/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Property Tax Exemption for Community Solar Gardens
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO226F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 100% exemption for the percentage of electricity capacity (AC) of a community solar garden attributed to residential or governmental subscribers or organizations that are already exempt from property taxes
LAST UPDATE: 07/21/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Eagle County - Energy Smart Colorado Renewable Energy Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO230F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Residential
PV: $500
Solar Thermal: 50% of project costs
Commercial
50% of project costs

Maximum Incentive - Residential
PV: $500
Solar Thermal: $500
Commercial
$1,500
Equipment Requirements - Grid-Tied PV: NABCEP certification
WEBSITE: http://www.energysmartcolorado.com/
LAST UPDATE: 05/21/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Lake County - Energy Smart Colorado Renewable Energy Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO237F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 50% of project costs
Maximum Incentive - $400
Installation Requirements - Prior approval needed in order to claim rebate
WEBSITE: http://www.energysmartcolorado.com/
LAST UPDATE: 03/03/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: EZ Investment Tax Credit Refund for Renewable Energy Projects
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Corporate Tax Credit
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: CO55F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 3% of qualified investments = EZ tax credit
80% of EZ tax credit = refund
Maximum Incentive - $750,000 per tax year, plus any carryover
Carryover Provisions - 22 years
WEBSITE: http://www.advancecolorado.com/funding-incentives/incentives/enterprise-zone-tax-credits
LAST UPDATE: 10/30/2015