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Solar Rebate and Solar Grant Programs

Solar Rebate and Solar Grant Programs

Solar Rebate 

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. For even more resources on solar in the city Solar section.

Solar Grant

The spring 2017 solar grant application cycle is open! 

Funding generated by the solar rebate ordinance is used to provide grants for the installation of solar electric and solar thermal (hot water) systems on:

  • the facilities of site-based nonprofit organizations and nonprofit organizations that lease city-owned facilities;
  • low- or moderate-income housing owned by nonprofit organizations; or
  • individual residences that are part of an affordable housing program.

Grants are subject to funding availability.

Income tax must be paid on the grant amount for the year received.

Solar Rebate: How do I apply?

To apply for the solar rebate, please complete the following forms:

Mail the completed forms, receipts from your project and a photocopy of your identification (required by the Immigration Affidavit) to:

City of Boulder
Finance – Licensing & Tax Division
Solar Rebate Program
PO Box 791
Boulder, CO 80306

If you have questions or need assistance to complete your application, contact Patrick Brown - or 303-441-3921.

* An Immigration Affidavit must be completed and returned with all rebate applications.

Solar rebates are subject to funding availability.

Solar Grant: How do I apply?

Before you apply, please select the "Solar Grant Evaluation Criteria" link and read the information about eligibility requirements, terms, and criteria.

There are two versions of the Solar Grant application, one for affordable homeowners and one for nonprofits - please make sure you use the appropriate version for your situation. Select either the "Homeowner Solar Grant Application" or "Nonprofit Solar Grant Application" links to download the PDF application forms.

Submit the appropriate completed application and any supporting documents electronically (preferred) to Sandy Briggs at

Or by mail to: City of Boulder Climate + Sustainability Division, Attn: Sandy Briggs, PO Box 791, Boulder, CO 80306.

The spring application deadline is Monday, May 1, 2017 at 5 pm. All applications, whether emailed or mailed, must be received by this date and time to be considered for this cycle.

Solar Grant Committee

The Solar Grant Committee (SGC) is comprised of members who possess knowledge of vital program elements such as solar installations, policy and financing, nonprofit organizations and affordable housing programs. The SGC consists of six members selected by staff, each to a three-year term, with the option to continue to serve an additional three-year term. The committee reviews solar grant applications, awards grants and discusses ways to continually improve the Solar Grant Program’s effectiveness. Meetings are usually held twice a year; once in the spring (typically in May) and once in the fall (typically in November).

The City of Boulder is not currently seeking applicants for the Solar Grant Committee.


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