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Colorado Springs Utilities - Renewable Energy Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/16/2014
Program Overview:
State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential
Amount:PV: $1.50 per watt
Wind: $1.25 per watt
Solar Water Heating (Residential): $1,500 - $3,000 depending on heating capacity
Solar Water Heating (Commercial): 30% of installed cost, up to $15,000
Maximum Incentive:PV (Residential): $15,000
PV (Commercial): $37,500
Wind (Residential): $3,750
Wind (Commercial): $12,500
Eligible System Size:Residential PV: 10 kW maximum
Commercial PV: 25 kW maximum
Residential Wind: 25 kW maximum
Commercial Wind: 250 kW maximum
Equipment Requirements:The PV system and inverter must carry a minimum 5-year warranty.
PV Modules must carry a 20 year warranty against performance degradation below 80 percent of original output
Solar Water Heaters must be OG-100 rated
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Colorado Springs Utilities
Program Budget:$576,242 (2014)
Start Date:01/01/2006
Web Site:

Note: Funding for the residential renewable energy rebates is fully reserved for 2014. Residential customers can still complete a reservation form to be added to a waiting list and will be notified if additional funding becomes 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, wind 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 utility plans to continue offering the rebate in future years pending approval by the Utilities Board, but the incentive amount is likely to decrease in future years. 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.

  Deborah Mathis
Colorado Springs Utilities
P.O. Box 1103
Colorado Springs, CO 80947
Phone: (719) 668-8509
Fax: (719) 668-2510
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