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Colorado utilities, state government, local government, and non-profits have a wealth of technical assistance - and financial assistance - to help you implement energy efficiency improvements in your business or facility. The links below provide you with program profiles, so that you can determine which of them meets your energy efficiency needs.


Local Programs            Utility Programs                 State Programs                    Federal Programs


Local Programs

Boulder, Denver and Garfield counties are sharing a $25 million ARRA grant from the Department of Energy to ramp-up energy efficiency retrofits to homes to increase energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and create jobs in the construction sector.

If you live in one of these areas find out how you can use these services to save money and make your homes and businesses more comfortable and energy efficient. They all provide services to make it easy and rebates and incentives to make it more affordable than ever.

Boulder County

EnergySmart services in Boulder County Join more than 1500 businesses benefiting from limited-time rebates and expert EnergySmart Advisors.  Boulder County, City of Boulder, and City of Longmont have collaborated to offer energy efficiency services to businesses (and homes) in all Boulder County communities.  An expert EnergySmart Advisor and great rebates can help you start saving energy and money today. Visit EnergySmart or call 303.441.1300.

Boulder County, in collaboration with Elevations Credit Union and City and County of Denver will be offering low interest energy efficiency and renewable energy loans beginning spring/summer of 2012.  These loans can be made towards eligible energy efficiency and renewable energy measures improvements to homes and businesses participating in the EnergySmart or Denver Energy Challenge Programs.

Neighborhood Energy Sweeps Volunteers and staff go door-to-door providing direct assistance with energy efficiency: they install CFL bulbs and low-flow shower heads for free and provide information and advice on being more energy efficient.

Boulder County PACE Program is a free program in Boulder County committed to providing local businesses with technical assistance to improve their energy efficiency, zero waste management, and water conservation.

City and County of Denver

Denver Energy Challenge Program The business side of the program provides education, rebates, and recognition to businesses in the City and County of Denver. Our goal is to help businesses save money, increase energy efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Small business owners may also be eligible to receive energy advising support and free screw-in energy efficient lighting product

Northeast Metro Pollution Prevention Alliance NEMPPA offers technical and financial assistance to businesses located in the northeast Denver metro area interested in implementing energy efficiency measures in their facilities.

City of Boulder

Solar Rebate Program*
This program is available to residential and commercial customers that install solar paneling or solar water heaters after December 14, 2006. The rebate is approximately 15% of the total sales tax for the purchase of the equipment within the City of Boulder.

Smart Regs  The SmartRegs proposal includes recommended changes to Boulder’s Housing Code and Rental License Code and incorporates energy efficiency requirements as part of the code updates to address Climate Action Plan (CAP) objectives. At a third reading on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, SmartRegs was unanimously approved after more than a year of collaboration with various community and technically-based subcommittees, city advisory boards and residents.  The adopted ordinances will go into effect on Jan. 3, 2011. Stay tuned to the SmartRegs website for implementation information

10ForChange 10 for Change is a volunteer program for City of Boulder Businesses to get recognized for saving energy while saving money.


Garfield County

Clean Energy Challenge  Businesses get access to an Energy Coach who will help you:get lined up with the kind of energy assessment you need; maximize local and utilty rebates;  find contractors and review bids, and find solutions to potentialy complicated energy and comfort issues in your building.

Utility Programs

Many, if not most, utilities offer energy audits or assessments to help businesses pinpoint areas for energy efficiency improvements.

Xcel Energy offers a number of energy efficiency and demand-side management programs to its commercial and industrial customers. Xcel Energy Conservation Rebates & Incentive Information:

  • Xcel Energy Onsite Assessment $1,000 value for $200. Experts will assess the efficiency of your existing building’s energy use and report opportunities for improvement. 
  • Lighting Efficiency Five programs to lower your lighting costs and earn rebates
  • Cooling Efficiency Xcel Energy offers Cooling Efficiency rebates for Colorado business customers who install energy-saving cooling equipment. Qualifying equipment must be purchased and installed after Jan. 1, 2006, to qualify for our rebates.
  • Furnance Rebates Cash back when you install a qualifying energy-efficient model
  • Motors Efficiency Rebates to help lower your operating costs, improve your return on investment, and your margins because 98% of your motor’s cost is toward energy
  • Recommissioning - Recommissioning helps you find and solve mechanical system problems that make your facility expensive to operate. Recommissioning can help lower energy costs by an average of 10 percent.
  • Custom Efficiency - With Custom Efficiency, by ConservationWise from Xcel Energy SM , you can get money back for choosing energy-efficiency investments that exceed standard options, but aren't covered under our standard conservation programs.
Platte River Power Authority (for Fort Collins, Longmont, Loveland, and Estes Park) provides electricity to its four member communities through their municipal utilities, including Estes Park Light and Power, Fort Collins Utilities, Longmont Power and Communications, and Loveland Water and Power Department. Each of these four utilities offers financial incentives for high-efficiency cooling, lighting, and other equipment. 

Longmont Power and Communications (LPC)
  • LPC's Commercial Energy Efficiency Program Longmont businesses can receive up to $500 per kilowatt (kW) for investing in energy efficiency improvements. This incentive is offered to all commercial rate customers by LPC and Platte River Power Authority for installing energy efficient equipment or controls that reduce electric demand during the summer peak period. Qualifying electric efficiency measures may include, but are not limited to, lighting, heating, ventilation, cooling, motors, manufacturing equipment, thermal energy storage, controls or other technologies.
  • Lighting Audit Commercial customers have the option to participate in this utility-sponsored lighting assessment. The assessment will analyze a facility’s lighting systems and recommend lighting that is more energy efficient.
  • LPC Energy Audit This free energy audit will review previous electric bills, offer suggestions for areas of improvement, estimate annual savings, and present the customer with a list of possible incentives
Poudre Valley REA

State of Colorado

Main Street Efficiency Initiative The Main Street Efficiency Initiative (MSEI) is a Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) program that works at the community level to help small businesses reduce energy costs, create and sustain local jobs, and reduce carbon emissions. Financial and technical assistance was provided to local businesses, public agencies, and community partners to assist with the implementation of energy efficiency upgrades in existing small and mid-size facilities. To date, over 30 communities and 363 small businesses across the State were engaged. Rebates of $464,447 were provided for a total of $705,881 in business project costs. These measures resulted in estimated, annual projected savings of $263,795, 1,693,567 kWh, and 54,178 therms.

Note: these values are expected to increase as GEO receives more savings data from MSEI partners


Tax Deductions for Commercial Buildings
Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction - A Federal tax deduction, which reduces taxable income, and is worth up to $1.80 per square foot in commercial buildings. Set to expire in 2013, the incentive rewards efficiency in lighting, mechanical systems, and the building envelope. Projects that can show a savings of 50 percent over ASHRAE 90.1-2001 using a whole building simulation are eligible for the full amount. Partial deductions are allowed for efficiencies in the listed systems.

Extension of Energy Investment Tax Credits - The 30% investment tax credits (ITC) for solar energy and qualified fuel cell properties are extended to January 1, 2017. The 30% ITC now also applies to qualified small wind energy property. The cap for qualified fuel cells increased to $1,500 per half kilowatt of capacity. Finally, a new 10% ITC is available for combined heat and power systems and geothermal heat pumps.

Commercial Building Initiative works with commercial builders and owners to reduce energy use and optimize building performance, comfort, and savings.

Other Programs

Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) at Colorado State University offers FREE plant assessments providing recommendations for improved energy efficient operations. The service is available to industrial energy customers in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

ENERGY STAR® provides a host of technical assistance tools to make your business, building, and processes more energy efficient.

Pollution Prevention P2, run by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, provides grants, technical assistance, and education on best management practices for companies that want to reduce waste.

For more rebates and incentives and programs visit the Database of State incentives for Renewables and Efficiency DSIRE: Colorado Commercial Incentives Incentives/Policies for Renewables and Efficiency

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