Colorado Springs Utilities - Renewable Energy Rebate Program (Colorado)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Colorado Springs, Colorado

Name Colorado Springs Utilities - Renewable Energy Rebate Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
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
Solar Water Heating (Commercial): 30% of installed cost, up to 15,000

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

Start Date 2006-01-01

Maximum Incentive PV (Residential): 15,000

PV (Commercial): 37,500
Wind (Residential): 3,750
Wind (Commercial): 12,500

Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits Colorado Springs Utilities

Program Budget $576,242 (2014)

Program Administrator Colorado Springs Utilities
Date added to DSIRE 2006-01-16
Last DSIRE Review 2014-09-16

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Deborah Mathis
Department Colorado Springs Utilities

Address P.O. Box 1103

Place Colorado Springs, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 80947
Phone (719) 668-8509


  • 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"