Boulder County - ClimateSmart Loan Program (Colorado)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Boulder County, Colorado

Name Boulder County - ClimateSmart Loan Program
Incentive Type PACE Financing
Applicable Sector Commercial, Low-Income Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Residential
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Building Insulation, Central Air conditioners, Doors, Duct/Air sealing, Furnaces, Heat recovery, Lighting, Programmable Thermostats, Roofs, Water Heaters, Windows, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating, Solar Water Heat, Wind, Attic Fans, Pool Equipment, Wood Stoves, Tankless Water Heaters
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Terms Minimum funding amount of $3,000. Loans are repaid over 15 years as a special assessment on the homeowner's property tax bill

Interest/Assessment rates will not exceed 6.75% for income qualified loans and 8.75% for open loans.

Program Administrator County of Boulder
Date added to DSIRE 2009-03-17
Last DSIRE Review 2012-09-26
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Federal guidelines have prompted Boulder County to examine their residential program to ensure it adheres to the new requirements. The ClimateSmart Loan program is on hold for residential loans while County officials review the guidelines. The program is also on hold for commercial projects.

Voters in Boulder approved Ballot Issue 1A in November 2008, authorizing Boulder County to issue bonds for the purpose of providing special financing options for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements to homes in the county. All of the local governments in Boulder County have authorized the city to provide loans to home owners which will then be repaid through a special assessment on their property tax bills. Tax payers can pay two equal half payments due on the last day of February and on June 15th, or the whole payment on April 30th. Either the amount due for the year or the entire loan amount can be paid at these times.

After a successful first round of residential funding, Boulder is making plans for the second round of residential funding, and applications are expected to be available in mid-April 2010. Additionally, Boulder launched its first round of commercial funding in January 2010. Property owners can apply for funding for a maximum of 20% of the statutory actual value of the property on which the equipment will be installed, or $50,000 for residential systems and $210,000 for commercial systems, whichever is less. $15,000 is available for income qualified loans, which can be supplemented with open category loans, subject to the $50,000 maximum.

The loan can be used to finance a wide variety of efficiency and renewable energy projects on homes in Boulder County. Residential applicants must pay a $75 non-refundable application fee, and obtain written estimates or bids with a "not to exceed" clause prior to applying. Income qualifying loans, for those making up to 115% of area median income, are restricted to primary residences and will receive lower interest rates and annual assessments.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Climate Smart Loan Program
Department County of Boulder

Address 1300 Canyon Blvd
Address 2 P.O. Box 791
Place Boulder, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 80306
Phone (303) 441-4565

Contact Name Yael Gichon
Department Boulder County ClimateSmart
Division Office of Environmental Affairs

Place Boulder, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 80306
Phone (303) 441-3878
Phone 2 (303) 441-4900

Contact Name Susie Strife
Department City of Boulder

Place Boulder, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 80306
Phone (303) 441-4565


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"