Boulder solar incentives to be available Spring 2018

Solar grants and rebates are in the works for this spring in Boulder, Colorado. The city’s solar website has posted potential funding opportunities on or about March, 2018. The grant portion would be for up to 50% of the cost of a PV or thermal system after tax credits, rebates and other incentives. Three groups of potential grantees are eligible. They are non-profit organizations, non-profit operated housing and individually owned housing that fall under income guidelines. Maximum levels have not been set, but grants have run from $2,000 to $40,000.

The second program is for rebates of sales and use taxes. Around 15% of those costs are eligible. Grants have been typically awarded in the spring and fall of each year, though not in the fall of 2017. Applications are reviewed by a Solar Grant Committee under city staff guidance, who may be seeking potential members in the near future. Boulder residents can use a solar tool to help determine if their site is suitable for an installation.

The “People’s Republic” of Boulder has been in the forefront of solar development with one of the highest per capita rates of solar installed for a city its size.  The city is in the process of creating a municipal electric utility in part to have control of developing renewable energy. It was one year ago this month that the City Council made a commitment to 100% renewable electricity by 2030. Boulder is also  designated SolSmart Gold status by the Solar Foundation under the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative for its high level of solar friendly zoning, codes and permit systems. According to EnergySage, the average price of a 5-kW PV system is $16,700 before rebates and incentives.