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City Encourages Applications to the Solar Grant Program Spring 2018 Cycle

More than $50,000 available to nonprofits and income-qualified homeowners

The City of Boulder is pleased to announce the latest application cycle for the Solar Grant Program. Through the program, Boulder-based nonprofit organizations and income qualified homeowners are eligible for financial assistance to install solar electric or solar thermal (hot water) systems. The deadline to apply for the spring cycle is April 30, 2018.

“The city was able to expand the solar grant criteria this year to be more inclusive and far reaching in impact,” said Sandy Briggs, solar grant program coordinator. “By allowing all income-qualified homeowners to apply for grants, the new criteria make solar affordable for more Boulder residents.” 

The Solar Grant Program is one of many city initiatives that support the development of clean, local and affordable energy and the city’s Climate Commitment goal of reaching 100 megawatts of local renewable energy by 2030. Since 2008, the program has awarded over $600,000 to nonprofits and homeowners. The city continues to support these community members in accessing renewable energy that can contribute to lower monthly electricity costs and generate fewer harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

The program expanded this year and now any homeowner living in the City of Boulder who meets the income qualification guidelines identified on the Solar Grant Evaluation Criteria page, is eligible to apply. Previously, only participants in the city’s affordable homeownership program were considered. Further, the application process has been simplified, standardized and made more sustainable through use of web-based forms. 

“City and county grants made installing solar possible for me,” said Bonnie Lowdermilk, spring 2017 grant recipient. “I am proud to be producing 100 percent of my electricity with rooftop solar.”

Boulder-based nonprofits, income-qualified homeowners, residents who live in lower-income housing developed or owned by nonprofit organizations, and nonprofit organizations that lease city-owned facilities are eligible to apply for a solar grant. Community members and organizations can use the Boulder Solar Tool to quickly evaluate if their homes or buildings may be right for solar.

More than $50,000 is available for the spring 2018 cycle. All submissions are due April 30, 2018.

For applications and program information, visit the Solar Grant Program page.

Information about the city’s Climate Commitment goals, strategy and programs is available at www.boulderclimate.com.

Published: March 28, 2018

Media Contacts:
Alexis Bullen, Sustainability Communications, 303-441-1878
Sandy Briggs, Solar Grant Program Coordinator, 303-441-1931
www.bouldercolorado.gov