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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

There will not be a fall solar grant application cycle in 2017. Please check back in late March 2018 for the opening of the spring cycle. 

Funds generated by the 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 or middle income housing owned by nonprofit organizations; and
  • Individual residences owned by low/moderate and middle 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 – Licensing & Tax Division
Solar Rebate Program
PO Box 791
Boulder, CO 80306

If you have questions or need assistance to complete your application, contact Wanda Masters - [email protected] or 303-441-1894.

* 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?

There will not be a fall solar grant application cycle in 2017. Please check back in March 2018 for the opening of the spring cycle. 

Before you apply for a city grant, please review the eligibility requirements, terms and criteria under the Solar Grant Evaluation Criteria.

There are two versions of the Solar Grant application - one for homeowners and one for nonprofits. Please make sure you use the appropriate version for your situation.


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

For one-on-one technical assistance with completing your application, please visit the Boulder Public Library's e-services section. 

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 seven 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 accepting applications for the Solar Grant Committee.


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