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Colorado Springs Utilities - Renewable Energy Rebate Program

Eligibility 
Commercial
Residential
Federal Government
Savings Category 
Solar Water Heat
Solar Photovoltaics
Maximum Rebate 

PV: Total installed costs up to 50% program budget
Solar Water Heating: $15,000

Program Info
Sector Name 
Utility
Administrator 
Colorado Springs Utilities
State 
Colorado
Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

PV: $0.50 per watt
Solar Water Heating: 30% of installed cost

Summary 
Note: Funding for the residential renewable energy rebates is fully reserved for 2015. Residential customers can still complete a Renewable energy system (non-rebate) application to install a PV system without a rebate in 2015 or wait to install in 2016 when additional rebate funding will be available

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 heaters. To calculate the PV system’s AC output, a de-rating factor is used to account for shading and suboptimal orientation or tilt.

All Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) generated from systems installed under this program are transferred to CSU for compliance with Colorado’s renewable portfolio standard.

The application, interconnection agreement, and other documents are available at the program website above. Qualifying PV modules and inverters must be included in the California Energy Commission's (CEC) lists of eligible equipment. Qualifying systems must also carry minimum manufacturer or installer warranties as outlined in the program guidelines.

Colorado Springs Utilities recommends (but does not require) that all PV systems be designed and installed by professional installers certified by the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (CoSEIA) or the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners NABCEP. CSU also recommends taking advantage of the utility’s energy efficiency programs—including residential energy efficiency rebates—before installing a PV system.