Solar, Wind, and Energy Efficiency Easements and Rights Laws

Note: Enacted March 2015, H.B. 15-1121 clarified rights and duties of parties entering into a agreements between landowners and wind energy developers and how to record such an agreement in county land records. Colorado’s solar access laws, which date back to 1979, prohibit any residential covenants that restrict solar access. In 2008, H.B. 1270 extended the law to protect installations of wind turbines that meet the state’s interconnection standards and certain energy efficiency measures including awnings, shutters, and other shade structures; garage fans; energy-efficient outdoor lighting…

Eligibility: Residential

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All)… More

 

Net Metering

NET METERING

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

City of Boulder- Green Points Building Program

The Boulder Green Points Building Program is a mandatory residential green building program that requires a builder or homeowner to include a minimum amount of sustainable building components bas…

Eligibility: Commercial, Construction, Residential, Multifamily Residential

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building… More

 

Holy Cross Energy- Renewable Energy Rebate Program

Holy Cross Energy’s WE CARE (With Efficiency, Conservation And Renewable Energy) Program offers an incentive for customers who install renewable energy generation for net metering at their premises…

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Hydroelectric… More

 

City of Aspen and Pitkin County- Renewable Energy Mitigation Program

The City of Aspen and Pitkin County have adopted both the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)—with some amendments—and an Efficient Building Code.

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval

 

City of Boulder- Solar Access Ordinance

Solar Access

Eligibility: Commercial, Construction, Local Government, Residential

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Roaring Fork Valley- Energy Smart Colorado Renewable Energy Rebate Program

Residents of Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, and Summit Counties are eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy assistance, rebates, and financing through the Energy Smart…

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential, Federal Government

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Hydroelectric (Small)

 

Xcel Energy- Solar*Rewards Program

Note: As of July 31, 2015, the Small Program had been fully subscribed through the end of 2015.

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Interconnection Standards

The PUC standards generally apply to investor-owned utilities (IOUs) with 40,000 or more customers and all electric cooperatives. Municipal utilities with 5,000 customers or more are required to …

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Investor-Owned Utility, Nonprofit, Municipal Utilities… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

Colorado Springs Utilities- Renewable Energy Rebate Program

Through its Renewable Energy Rebate Program, Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) offers a rebate to customers who install grid-connected solar-electric (photovoltaic, or PV) systems and solar water …

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential, Federal Government

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Fort Collins Utilities- Home Efficiency Loan Program

A customer repays the loan amount through their regularly scheduled monthly utility bills (i.e., “on-bill financing”). The maximum loan amount is $15,000, and the repayment schedule ranges from 5…

Eligibility: Residential

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Water Heaters, Furnaces, Heat Pumps, Air conditioners… More

 

Black Hills Energy- Solar Power Program

Note: As of December 15, 2015, the previous 5 kW cap for small systems (10 kW or less) has been removed. The change effects only reservations made on or after that date. Reservations in place now…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Building Energy Code

Colorado is a home rule state, so no statewide energy code exists, although state government buildings do have specific requirements. Voluntary adoption of energy codes is encouraged and efforts…

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building… More

 

Local Option- Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems

Colorado enacted S.B. 07-145 in April 2007, authorizing counties and municipalities to offer property or sales tax rebates or credits to residential and commercial property owners who install…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Agricultural, Multifamily Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

Local Option- Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems

Eligible renewable energy property is defined as “any fixture, product, system, device or interacting group of devices that produce electricity from renewable resources, including, but not limite…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Agricultural

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All)… More

 

La Plata Electric Association- Renewable Generation Rebate Program

Payments are made every 6 months for the first 10 years of operation.

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Federal Government

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Wind (Small), Hydroelectric (Small)

 

Solar Construction Permitting Standards

Owners of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heating systems in Colorado are required to obtain a building permit before their systems may be installed. Permits are handled at the l…

Eligibility: Commercial, Construction, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit… More

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Equipment

Colorado exempts from the state’s sales and use tax all sales, storage, and use of components used in the production of alternating current electricity from a renewable energy source for fiscal…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat… More

 

Local Option- Improvement Districts for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Improvements

In May 2013 Colorado enacted legislation to enable commercial PACE programs using funds from private lenders (S.B. 212).

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Agricultural, Multifamily Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All)… More

 

City of Boulder- Solar Sales and Use Tax Rebate

Out of the sales and use taxes paid to the City of Boulder for solar projects, approximately 55% of revenues go to restricted funds. Within one year of the city’s final inspection, solar project …

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating

 

Property Tax Exemption for Residential Renewable Energy Equipment

Property Tax Exemption

Eligibility: Residential

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

United Power- Renewable Energy Rebate Program

United Power is providing rebates to their customers for the purchase of photovoltaic (PV), wind, and solar water heating systems. These incentives are separate from the rebates provided by the…

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (Small)

 

San Miguel Power Association- Renewable Energy Rebate Program

See website above for more information.

Eligibility: Commercial, Nonprofit, Residential, Federal Government

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Wind (Small)

 

Xcel Energy- Solar*Rewards Community Program

Legislation approved in 2010 allowed for the development of “community solar gardens” in Colorado. Under the rules of traditional net metering, a utility customer may offset their electricity con…

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Installers/Contractors… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Boulder County- Elevations Energy Loans

Elevations Credit Union has partnered with Boulder County and the City/County of Denver to offer this full-suite of services. Both EnergySmart and the Denver Energy Challenge help residents and b…

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Clothes Washers, Dishwasher… More

 

City and County of Denver- Elevations Energy Loans

Elevations Credit Union has partnered with Boulder County and the City/County of Denver to offer this full-suite of services. Both EnergySmart and the Denver Energy Challenge help residents and b…

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Clothes Washers… More

 

City and County of Denver- Solar Panel Permitting

Denver provides same-day permit review for most solar panel projects. Electrical, Plumbing, and Zoning Permits* are required for photovoltaic (PV) systems installed in the city of Denver, althoug…

Eligibility: Commercial, Construction, Industrial, Residential, Installers/Contractors… More

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Lake, and Pitkin Counties- Energy Smart Colorado Loan Program

Residents of Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, and Summit Counties are eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy assistance, rebates, and financing through the Energy Smart…

Eligibility: Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Water Heaters, Furnaces, Boilers… More

 

Energy Savings Mortgage Incentive for Existing Homes

A homeowner must have an initial Home Energy Score and select improvements with the Qualified Assessor. The Qualified Assessor will provide an estimated Home Energy Score based on selected…

Eligibility: Residential

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Equipment Insulation, Furnaces, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation… More

 

Property Tax Exemption for Community Solar Gardens

Community solar gardens are classified as locally assessed properties for the purpose of property taxation. H.B. 1101 exempts from property tax the percentage of electricity capacity (AC) of a community solar garden that is attributed to residential subscribers, governmental subscribers, or organizations that already have been granted property tax-exempt status. The property tax exemption is for the tax years beginning on January 1, 2015 and ending before January 1, 2021.

Eligibility: Local Government, Residential, State Government, Federal Government

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Eagle County- Energy Smart Colorado Renewable Energy Rebate Program

Residents of Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, and Summit Counties are eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy assistance, rebates, and financing through the Energy Smart…

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential, Federal Government

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Lake County- Energy Smart Colorado Renewable Energy Rebate Program

Residents of Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, and Summit Counties are eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy assistance, rebates, and financing through the Energy Smart…

Eligibility: Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Source: U.S. Department of Energy