Solar Energy Makes Sense

Solar equipment prices have dropped 80% since 2011. 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.
(970) 704-9200 ext. 1105 /

CLEER manages the programs and services of Garfield Clean Energy.

Solar is Affordable

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

Federal Tax Credit

  • 2020 projects: 26% federal tax credit
  • 2021 projects: 22% federal tax credit
  • 2022 and beyond projects: 10% federal tax credit

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

CORE Rebates: Offered to properties within the Roaring Fork Valley. See below.

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 Rebates for Solar Energy on Commercial Properties

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy offers four options for commercial customers to install or purchase renewable energy.

Off-site solar through Renewable*Connect. As of January 2019, this program is fully subscribed. Customers can join the waitlist for new projects. More info and a waitlist link.

Third Party Providers. Offering on-site solar, community solar gardens, and other renewable energy generators. Learn more here.

Windsource for Business. Buy clean wind energy in blocks that match your budget and your electrical needs. $1.50 for every 100-kilowatt-hour block of electric power. More info.

Recycled Energy. Earn incentives for turning waste heat from exhaust stacks or pipes at your facility into electricity. Learn more here about tapping this on-site source of energy.

Xcel's solar background info: Is solar right for my business? How solar works? What are my options for solar?

Holy Cross Energy

Holy Cross Energy offers rebates to customers for on-site solar photovoltaic systems, off-site systems, and for on-site solar thermal systems. Funding is from the Holy Cross Energy WE CARE program (With Efficiency, Conservation And Renewable Energy - we can make a world of difference).

On-Site Systems

Tiered rebates based on system size:

  • Systems up to 6 kW: $750 per kW
  • Systems 6 to 12 kW: $500 per kW
  • Systems 12 to 25 kW: $200 per kW

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

Off-Site Renewable Energy Purchasing Program

Buy some or all of your electricity from a community solar garden through the Renewable Energy Purchasing Program. Holy Cross credits the member’s 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 Renewable Energy Purchasing Program on the Holy Cross Energy website.

On-Site Solar Thermal

  • Rebate of $1,500 per panel for up to 4 panels or $6,000
  • Rebate can only be used in existing homes or commercial properties; new home construction is not eligible
  • Rebate can only be used to replace existing electric-fired hot water heaters
  • System must be completed and inspected within 120 days of pre-application form submission date.

For details and the pre-application form, click here.

CORE, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency

CORE offers rebates for a variety of energy projects, including on-site solar installations within its service territory.

To learn more, call CORE at (970) 925-9775 or visit

CORE service territory
CORE serves the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys, including the City of Glenwood Springs and the Town of Marble. 

Glenwood Springs Electric

April 17, 2020 - Due to budget concerns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the City of Glenwood Springs has suspended its its rebate program until further notice.