Solar energy makes sense for Garfield County businesses

Solar equipment prices have dropped 80-90% in the past decade. Many businesses across the U.S. are choosing solar energy as a way to control operating costs and hedge against escalating energy rates.

Garfield Clean Energy’s free renewable energy consulting can help you understand the best options for using solar energy to power your commercial property. We can:

  • Provide an initial site review to determine on-site solar potential
  • Calculate optimal system size to meet electric demand
  • Review solar contractor bids
  • Explain off-site renewable energy purchase options
  • Advise on economic incentives and financing options
  • Provide cash flow models and economic indicators for your investment

Contact CLEER today to schedule your free renewable energy consulting visit with Katharine Rushton: krushton@cleanenergyeconomy.net.

CLEER manages the programs and services of Garfield Clean Energy.

Solar is affordable

Federal tax credits, utility rebates and financing options make solar energy a smart investment for many commercial property owners.

Federal Tax Credit: Great news! Congress has extended this program with the following deadlines: 

  • Projects initiated before the end of 2022: 26% federal tax credit
  • Projects initiated before the end of 2023: 22% federal tax credit

Utility Incentives: Offered by electric utilities serving Garfield County. See below.

CORE Rebates: Unfortunately, CORE has discontinued its rebate program in Garfield County.

Financing: Tap into financing options to conserve your business capital for core business expenses.

  • Many solar installation companies partner with financial institutions to offer lease and loan programs.
  • Colorado’s C-PACE program offers loans for renewable energy installations (and for energy and water efficiency upgrades). Learn more here.

Utility solar programs for commercial customers in Garfield County

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy offers four options for commercial customers. Only the first is for on-site systems (i.e., rooftop solar); the other three enable customers to buy into renewable energy elsewhere.

Solar*Rewards for on-site solar installations

Xcel Energy offers the Solar*Rewards rebate and renewable energy credit for installation of solar photovoltaic systems by Xcel electric customers. The Solar*Rewards program opens once per month with a competitive offering for the system-wide sale of 2 megawatts of capacity. Click here for current rebate and renewable energy credit amounts.

Solar*Rewards Community

A voluntary program to purchase solar energy from a community solar garden. This typically entails getting on a waitlist. Learn more here.

Renewable*Connect

Power your business with a mix of off-site solar and wind power. As of May 2021, this program is fully subscribed, but customers can join the waitlist for new projects. Click here for info.

Xcel Energy Windsource

Windsource is a voluntary program for Xcel Energy electric customers to purchase portions or all of their electricity from wind turbines operating in New Mexico. Learn more here.

Holy Cross Energy

Holy Cross Energy offers rebates for on-site systems and a program to purchase off-site renewable energy.

On-site systems

Tiered rebates based on system size:

  • Systems up to 6 kW: $500 per kW
  • Systems 6-12 kW: $335 per kW
  • Systems 12-25 kW: $150 per kW

In addition, Holy Cross provides incentives for on-site battery storage of $250 per kW, up to 25 kW.

More information and application forms on the Holy Cross Energy website.

PuRE

Buy some or all of your electricity from a community solar garden through Holy Cross's PuRE (Powered by 100% Renewable Energy) program. The utility charges a small premium on your monthly bill for the portion of clean energy produced by solar, wind and hydro projects that are tied to the Holy Cross electrical grid.

More information and application forms for the PuRE program on the Holy Cross Energy website.

Glenwood Springs Electric

Glenwood Springs Electric customers installing commercial solar can claim a rebate of $500/kW up to 10KW ($5,000 maximum rebate).

Advance enrollment is required, and you must secure your rebate before starting the project. Energy efficiency upgrades and solar PV installations must meet program standards in order to qualify for rebates. Talk to one of our energy coaches to get started.