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 local level and awarded by counties and municipalities. Traditionally, counties and municipalities have been free to assign their own fees for a permit. These fees can vary broadly in size across jurisdictions and in some cases, can be large enough to potentially discourage the installation of solar devices.
The Sangre De Cristo Electric Association (SDCEA) offers the Energy Efficiency Credit Program, a rebate program which offers incentives for space heaters, water heaters and appliances.
In order to receive space heating rebates, insulation levels must meet program requirements. Rebate amounts are: $10 per kilowatt for resistive devices, $25 per kilowatt for electric thermal storage devices and $25 per timer installed. Heat pumps are also eligible for rebates; customers should contact SDCEA for more information on amounts and eligibility.
San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) is providing rebates to its residential and commercial customers for installing photovoltaic (PV), small wind, and solar water heating systems systems. The rebate for PV and wind is $1.00 per watt, and the rebate for solar water heaters is $1,500. Applicants must own the system to qualify for the rebate. Systems leased from a third party are ineligible.
San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) offers a variety of rebates to customers for the purchase and installation of energy efficient equipment and appliances. Both residential and commercial customers are eligible to participate in this program. Eligible equipment includes geothermal heat pumps, central air conditioners, air source heat pumps, water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, electric motors, lighting measures, and weatherization measures. All purchased appliances must be EnergyStar rated in order to qualify.
San Isabel Electric Association (SIEA) provides incentives for its residential customers to install energy efficient equipment. Rebates are available for certain water heaters, washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, ETS room units, and ETS furnaces that meet the program requirements. Contact the utility or view the website above for complete details.
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. Effective July 1, 2009, through July 1, 2017, all sales, storage, and use of components used in solar thermal systems are also exempt from the state's sales and use tax. The exemption for systems which produce electricity from a renewable resource includes but is not limited to photovoltaic 9PV) systems, solar thermal-electric systems, small wind systems, biomass systems, or geothermal systems.
The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), a nonprofit organization promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in western Colorado, offers residential and commercial rebates within the Roaring Fork Valley for the installation of photovoltaic, solar hot water, and micro hydro systems. Solar energy systems must be installed or signed off by a COSEIA or NABCEP certified contractor.
Residents of Eagle, Pitkin and Gunnison Counties can participate in the Energy Smart Program. The Energy Smart Program helps residents identify, finance, and complete energy improvements in their homes. Interested homeowners can schedule a reduced cost home energy assessment with a qualified Energy Analyst who will come to the home and perform a comprehensive home safety and energy assessment.
Residents of Eagle, Gunnison or Pitkin Counties may be eligible for financing through the Energy Smart Program. Loans as low as $1,000 with flexible terms are available for small projects, and larger projects may qualify for loans up to $25,000. See web site above for complete details.
The Aspen Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency and green building techniques in western Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley. For customers who install energy efficient appliances, Aspen CORE offers rebates for furnaces, boilers, washing machines, dishwashers, programmable thermostats, refrigerators and "smart strips". These rebates are only available to full-time Roaring Fork Valley residents and businesses. To receive a rebate, complete the rebate application available on the program web site and mail or fax to CORE.