Renewable Energy Programs August 2017 Update
Fort Collins Utilities offers ongoing renewable energy and efficiency incentive programs for home and business customers. Learn more about these solar programs at  
Solar Rebates
Residential and commercial solar rebates remain available at $0.50/watt-DC installed capacity. Residential systems up to 3 kilowatts earn $1,500 maximum and commercial systems up to 200 kilowatts receive rebates up to $100,000 maximum per installation. 
As of Aug. 1, an additional 926 kilowatts of residential solar generation has been added in 2017 (156 systems) and rebates totaling $225,000 have been awarded. An equal amount of funds remain available for additional home solar rebates through the end of the year. Nearly $450,000 of commercial rebate funding remains available for 2017.

Please make sure that you are using the most up-to-date Interconnection and Solar Rebates Application found on the website . The application was last updated on 8/17/2017.
Solar Power Purchase Program
The 2017 Solar Power Purchase Program (SP3) application period is open through Sept. 8, 2017. SP3 offers business and solar teams the opportunity to install a solar PV system and receive payment under a fixed-price (non-escalating), 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The program features a competitive bid price (cents/kilowatt-hour). For SP3 project proposals, bidders may identify pending trade or market uncertainties and define the potential impacts to the pricing, power purchase agreement timeline or project delivery schedule in their proposal. Utilities reserves the right to consider or reject this additional information in the project selection process. 
Community Solar
In 2015, Utilities began offering community solar in partnership with Clean Energy Collective at the Riverside Community Solar Array. The Riverside project sold out before the site was completed—thank you to all our subscribers for your support. Utilities is currently working on a second community solar project with Platte River Power Authority and the other member cities that is expected to be available in 2018. Sign up for updates to learn more as the project progresses. 
Green Energy Program
The Green Energy Program currently offers customers the option to voluntarily subscribe to purchase clean, renewable energy for an additional 2.65 cents/kWh. The energy is derived from regional wind resources. This option is for customers who are willing to pay a little more for their electricity to guarantee that it comes from 100 percent clean energy sources.
Residential Solar Roof Setbacks
New Residential PV Setback Standards have been provided by the City of Fort Collins Building Services Department. A copy of these standards will be provided with all solar permit applications issued by Building Services. 
Questions about Residential PV Setback Standards should be addressed to Building Services,, 970-416-2740.

Commercial PV Setbacks are determined by the 2015 International Fire Code as adopted in 2017 by City of Fort Collins (Ordinance No. 056, 2017).
Changes to Energy Audit Requirements for Solar Rebates
Energy audits for solar PV customers now will be required only for homes built before Jan. 1, 2005. The 2005 date was chosen because the 2003 International Energy Code was adopted then, which was a substantial improvement from the prior code. As such, there are fewer opportunities for efficiency upgrades in homes built after that date. Please verify the home’s age before submitting the rebate application. 

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Thanks for a bright Q1 & Q2 2017!

If you would like to be added to this renewable energy distribution list, sign up here.

For more information, contact Todd Musci,, (970) 224-6157, V/TDD 711.
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