There are many resources available to help with energy efficiency, solar, natural gas appliance replacement and other energy upgrades.

The city contributes funding to various energy rebates, but most programs are administered by external partners.

Residential Energy Rebates

EnergySmart

EnergySmart helps Boulder County residents make their homes and businesses more comfortable, affordable, and most importantly, energy efficient. Your advisor can assist you with scheduling a home energy assessment, map out electrifying, or even provide you with facts and comparisons of electric vehicles. EnergySmart makes these conversations and upgrades simple from the start.

Solar Rebates

Solar Rebates: Boulder residents and businesses that have installed solar electric or solar thermal (hot water) systems on their property may be eligible for a sales and use tax rebate. The city may rebate approximately 15 percent of the city sales and use tax paid on materials and permits for the solar installation. To be eligible, taxpayers must file a rebate application within 12 months of the city's final inspection.

Solar Grants

Solar Grants. The city provides grants for the installation of solar electric and solar thermal(hot water) systems for: facilities of site-based nonprofit organizations and nonprofit organizations that lease city-owned facilities; low- or moderate-income housing owned by nonprofit organizations; and individual residences that are part of an affordable housing program. These grants will only apply to buildings owned by nonprofits or leased by nonprofits with lease terms of twenty years or longer. Grants are issued twice a year and applications are excepted on a rolling basis. Applications for the fall grant cycle are due by Nov. 2, 2015. There is no maximum grant amount; however, in most cases, no more than 50 percent of the total project cost after rebates, incentives and tax credits will be granted. Grants are subject to funding availability. Income tax must be paid on the grant amount for the year received.

Clean Energy Loans

Elevations Energy Loans. Energy Smart and Elevations Credit Union are working together to offer a wide range of low-interest loans for a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades.

Clean Energy Credit Union offers loans for solar electric systems, clean energy vehicles and energy efficiency home improvements.

Xcel Energy Prescriptive Rebates

Xcel Energy can help you reduce your energy use, maximize efficiencies, and minimize your costs by providing a wide variety of energy efficiency, expertise, and rebate programs. These include: lighting efficiency; heating and cooling efficiency; motors efficiency; and custom efficiency (for energy-efficiency investments that exceed standard options but are not covered under standard conservation programs).

Commercial Energy Rebates

Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) rebates

Boulder County Parnters for a Clean Environment (PACE) offer rebates, incentives and tax credits. In addition, the city has added funds to develop new custom rebates for measures identified in the ordinance-required energy assessments. For more information, call 303-786-7223.

Solar Rebates

Solar Rebates. Boulder residents and businesses that have installed solar electric or solar thermal (hot water) systems on their property may be eligible for a sales and use tax rebate. The city may rebate approximately 15 percent of the city sales and use tax paid on materials and permits for the solar installation. To be eligible, taxpayers must file a rebate application within 12 months of the city's final inspection.

Solar Grants for Non-profits

Solar Grants. The city provides grants for the installation of solar electric and solar thermal(hot water) systems for: facilities of site-based nonprofit organizations and nonprofit organizations that lease city-owned facilities; low- or moderate-income housing owned by nonprofit organizations; and individual residences that are part of an affordable housing program. These grants will only apply to buildings owned by nonprofits or leased by nonprofits with lease terms of twenty years or longer. Grants are issued twice a year and applications are excepted on a rolling basis. Applications for the fall grant cycle are due by Nov. 2, 2015. There is no maximum grant amount; however, in most cases, no more than 50 percent of the total project cost after rebates, incentives and tax credits will be granted. Grants are subject to funding availability. Income tax must be paid on the grant amount for the year received.

C-PACE Financing

C-PACE is an innovative financing mechanism that helps commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners access affordable, long-term financing for energy upgrades to their buildings. C-PACE allows building owners to finance (for up to 25 years) qualifying energy efficiency and clean energy improvements through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. Property owners pay for the improvements over time through this additional charge on their property tax bill, and the repayment obligation transfers automatically to the next owner if the property is sold. Capital provided under the C-PACE program is secured by a lien on the property, so low-interest capital can be raised from the private sector.

Clean Energy Loans

Elevations Energy Loans. Energy Smart and Elevations Credit Union are working together to offer a wide range of low-interest loans for a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades.

Clean Energy Credit Union offers loans for solar electric systems, clean energy vehicles and energy efficiency home improvements.

Xcel Energy Prescriptive Rebates

Xcel Energy can help you re you reduce your energy use, maximize efficiencies, and minimize your costs by providing a wide variety of energy efficiency, expertise, and rebate programs. These include: lighting efficiency; heating and cooling efficiency; motors efficiency; and custom efficiency (for energy-efficiency investments that exceed standard options but are not covered under standard conservation programs)