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April 7, 2016 - Discount Solar Purchase Program for Commercial Properties Launches

Media Contacts:
Brad Smith, Boulder County, 720-564-2720

Discount Solar Purchase Program for Commercial Properties Launches
Boulder County businesses can access significant discounts and rebates for rooftop solar

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County and its municipalities are launching a bulk purchase solar deal for commercial property owners and businesses in owner-occupied buildings. By reducing the price of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV), adding financial incentives and pairing businesses with their own energy advisor, the program makes it easier and more affordable than ever for businesses and property owners to invest in clean solar energy.

“We have seen great success offering these opportunities to our residents, and we are excited to now offer them to businesses too,” said Susie Strife, Sustainability Coordinator for Boulder County. “33 percent of our countywide greenhouse gas emissions come from commercial buildings, which makes this is an incredible opportunity for our businesses to invest in a more sustainable future.”

Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE), a longstanding countywide business sustainability service developed by Boulder County and the City of Boulder, is partnering with top-rated local installer Namaste Solar to provide group discounts on solar PV installations. In addition to the discounted panels, Boulder County and the City of Boulder are adding at least $140,000 in rebates for these projects, with up to $20,000 available for individual projects.

“Many business and property owners have ideal rooftops for solar but financing and complexity have historically been barriers” Matt Lehrman, energy strategy coordinator for the City of Boulder. “This program aims to reduce those barriers and assist business and property owners to lower their carbon footprint and take control of fluctuating energy costs.”

This is a limited-time offer available to businesses and property owners in all Boulder County communities. If interested, businesses should fill out and submit the nonbinding by April 30. A PACE advisor and Namaste Solar representative will contact businesses for information needed to perform a PV system modeling and provide pricing estimates.

Program History

Through a competitive solicitation process, a community evaluation committee selected reputable vendors to provide sustainability goods and services to Boulder County residents and businesses at discounted prices. Last month the program launched a residential solar offering with Namaste Solar, an electric vehicle offering with Boulder Nissan and Gebhart BMW and an electric bike offering with multiple vendors. The 2015 program, under the name Solar Benefits Colorado, facilitated the purchase of more than 750kWh of residential rooftop solar and more than 248 electric cars across the Front Range.

For more information about solar discounts for businesses, visit .  

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