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April 4, 2018

EnergySmart Awards Income Qualified Solar Grants to Boulder County Residents


Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County’s residential energy efficiency program, EnergySmart, has awarded 17 grants to income-qualified homeowners. These grants will provide up to $3,000 for the installation of a solar photovoltaic system on the recipients homes. The total amount of grant funding allocated is $50,000.

After a broad outreach campaign, a six member selection committee composed of representatives from low income energy assistance organizations, the solar industry, the public, and the EnergySmart program reviewed more than 45 applications. Grant were then awarded based on household income (at or below 100% of the area median income), verification of home ownership, prior history of a commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency, and a statement of need.

As a leader in advancing new strategies and policies to reduce the impact of climate change to its residents, businesses, and the environment, Boulder County also works to ensure that low and moderate income households have a chance to live a more sustainable and resilient lifestyle. With this one-time grant, the hope is that families who might normally be unable to afford a solar system on their homes can now purchase their own source of clean, renewable energy because of a combination of this income qualified solar grant and other utility and government incentives.

“Over the last seven years EnergySmart has assisted 17,000 homes and 4,300 businesses in Boulder County with energy advising services. For those residents who struggle to make ends meet, the upfront cost to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements is often unobtainable,” said Susie Strife, Sustainability Coordinator for Boulder County. “For Boulder County to offer a solar grant to these residents is a great example of combining two important county Guiding Values: inclusivity and sustainability.”

EnergySmart provides no-cost energy advising, along with limited time rebates and financing to Boulder County homeowners. Businesses can take advantage of the energy advising through the county’s Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) program.

For learn more information about EnergySmart or to enroll, visit www.EnergySmartYES.com or call 303-544-1000.

For more information about the EnergySmart IQ income-qualified grant program, contact Tyler Kesler at tkesler@bouldercounty.org or 720-564-2724.

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