EnergySmart offering new energy efficiency and solar rebates

by admin on January 5, 2012

Available to all homes and businesses in Boulder County while funds remain

Residents and businesses throughout Boulder County are now eligible for a new round of rebates for energy efficiency upgrades.

Through the EnergySmart program, each residence is eligible for tiered rebates up to $1,000, depending on project cost and potential energy savings. All rebates are only available to EnergySmart participants. “These are the best EnergySmart rebates we will see in 2012,” said Andy Mazal, EnergySmart Residential Program Manager with Populus, LLC. “They’ll only decrease from here, so this is really the best deal possible.”

For businesses, EnergySmart is offering $300,000 in rebates until the end of the year or until funds are committed. Rebates are available for more than 120 qualifying energy efficiency measures. The $300,000 is available in addition to existing utility rebates and can be applied to both lighting and non-lighting measures. Additionally, Xcel Energy has announced that bonus rebates of up to 50 percent for replacing inefficient T12 fluorescent lighting are extended through March 31. Rebate applications for eligible commercial projects completed in 2011 must be submitted by Jan 31.

“With these new rebates and the rollout of the EnergySmart loan program coming this spring, now is a great time to make energy efficiency upgrades,” Boulder County Commissioner Will Toor said. “Residents and businesses that have been pondering efficiency upgrades won’t find a better opportunity to cover the costs of this work and the EnergySmart Advisors will walk them through the process.”

A new feature of the 2012 rebates is the inclusion of solar photovoltaics (PV) on the list of eligible measures for both residential and commercial properties. The solar rebate is only available if the property owner first reduces its energy waste by 15 percent through energy efficiency measures installed through the EnergySmart service. EnergySmart Advisors will assist homeowners and businesses in determining if they are eligible.

EnergySmart has distributed more than $1.3 million in rebates to more than 2,000 homes and 350 businesses. EnergySmart has supported the investment of nearly $6.9 million in energy efficiency projects in our community.

EnergySmart provides a suite of services to help homes and businesses in all Boulder County communities identify valuable energy-saving opportunities and assist residents and business owners through the energy upgrade process. For more information or to sign up, call an EnergySmart Advisor:

EnergySmart is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy’s BetterBuildings grant program and is sponsored in partnership by Boulder County, the cities of Boulder and Longmont and Xcel Energy.

 

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