Solar Tax Rebates and Solar Grants
Solar Tax 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 see the solar page.
City of Boulder Solar Grant Program administration is transitioning to EnergySmart (homeowners) and PACE (nonprofits).
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Funds generated by the City of Boulder's Solar Rebate Ordinance are used to provide grants for the installation of solar systems (photovoltaic and thermal) on the following buildings within the City of Boulder:
- Facilities of nonprofit entities operating within the building on which the solar system is installed (“site-based”);
- City-owned facilities leased and occupied by nonprofit organizations;
- Low-to-moderate income housing owned or built by nonprofit organizations; and
- Individual housing units owned by low-to-moderate income-qualified residents.
Solar grants are subject to funding availability.
Please consult the IRS or a tax professional regarding potential tax consequences for grant recipients.
To apply for the solar tax 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 – Tax & License Division
Solar Rebate Program
PO Box 791
Boulder, CO 80306
If you have questions or need assistance to complete your application, contact Amy Hildebrandt - [email protected] or 303-441-3053.
* An Affidavit of Legal Residency must be completed and returned with all rebate applications.
Solar rebates are subject to funding availability.
City of Boulder homeowner grants will be available through the city's EnergySmart partners later in 2021, and will be offered on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis to income qualified homeowners while funding is available. Details will be posted here when the transition is complete and applications will begin to be accepted.
City of Boulder nonprofit organization solar grants are now regularly available as one of three offerings through Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE). Please visit PACE's Energy Efficiency Rebates & Incentives page for details and to apply.