2013 Colorado Solar Energy Rebates and Incentives
Colorado solar energy rebates and incentives make going solar more affordable than ever before. Incentives can come and go without much notice or publicity, making it hard for homeowners considering the switch to solar to keep track of how much rebate money they can count on. We recognize this dilemma, and part of our service to you includes identifying and applying for every available Colorado solar rebate for you so you don’t have to worry about missing out on anything.
Colorado Government Solar Energy Rebates + Incentives
Colorado solar panel installations are exempt from sales tax and property tax increases in many situations.
Colorado law grants cities and counties the option to offer a local property tax exemption on solar electric systems as well.
Colorado law grants cities and counties the option to offer a local sales and use tax exemption on solar electric systems as well.
Colorado Utility Solar Energy Rebates + Incentives
Specifics about Colorado’s larger electrical utilities are outlined below, but many of the state’s smaller utilities also offer up-front and/or performance-based incentives to their customers for installing home solar systems.
- Customer-owned systems receive a monthly performance-based rebate of $0.11 per kWh produced.
- Third-party-owned systems (customers on leases or the PowerSavings Plan™) receive a monthly performance-based rebate of $0.07 per kWh produced.
Black Hills Energy, formerly Aquila, offers different rebates for customer-owned and financed solar PV systems:
- Up-front rebate of $1.00 per installed Watt for 3 kW systems and smaller ($0.75 per installed Watt for 3-10 kW systems)
- Performance-based rebate of $0.0945 per kWh produced paid annually for 9 years for 3 kW systems and smaller (the same production-based rebate is paid for 3-10 kW systems, but only on the first 6 kW)
Systems larger than 10 kW are also eligible for up-front and performance-based incentives that decrease with system size.