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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 see the solar page.

Solar Grant

The 2020 City of Boulder Solar Grant Program application cycle opens October 5, with $80,000 available to grant this fall! See below for details and application links.

Funds generated by the City of Boulder's Solar Rebate Ordinance are 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/moderate income housing owned by nonprofit organizations; and
  • Individual residences owned by low/moderate income residents as defined under the Solar Grant Evaluation Criteria.

Grants are subject to funding availability.

Please consult the IRS or a tax professional regarding potential tax consequences for grant recipients.

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 – Tax & License Division
Solar Rebate Program
PO Box 791
Boulder, CO 80306

If you have questions or need assistance to complete your application, contact Curt Osborne - [email protected] or 303-441-3436.

* An Affidavit of Legal Residency 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 for a city grant, please carefully review the eligibility requirements, terms and criteria under the Solar Grant Evaluation Criteria.

Applications are being accepted from October 5 through November 2 for 2020 City of Boulder Solar Grants, with $80,000 available to give.

There are three versions of the application - one for homeowners, one for Spanish-speaking homeowners and one for nonprofit organizations. Please make sure you use the appropriate version for your situation.

Do you have questions or need assistance with your application?

Contact Solar Grant Program Coordinator Sandy Briggs at  [email protected]  or 303-441-1931.

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 five to nine members selected by staff, each to a three-year term, with the option to renew as available and desired. The committee reviews 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 summer to review applications and award grants and again at an agreed upon date to discuss program enhancements. There is also regular email correspondence throughout the year as necessary.

The City of Boulder is not currently seeking new members to serve on the committee.