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Since 2011, more than 1,000 businesses have completed energy efficiency projects that generate a collective $1.4 million in cost savings and conserve enough electricity to power 1500 homes each year. Our business sustainability advisors assist you to:

    1. Assess and  identify energy efficiency opportunities
    2. Obtain cost saving rebates and incentives for planned or recently completed upgrades
    3. Identify contractors
    4. Improve lighting quality and upgrade other equipment
    5. Rate the energy performance of your building
    6. Invest in solar panels on the roof
    7. Engage employees to help save energy through simple, daily practices

To get started with our energy efficiency services in Boulder County, contact a business sustainability advisor at 303-786-7223 or info@PACEpartners.com

Available Rebates and Incentives

Click on an equipment category below to see what rebates are available. Note that rebate amounts and requirements are subject to change without notice. PACE rebates are available on a first come, first serve basis. Businesses are required to contact an advisor prior to the purchase of energy efficiency measures to confirm funding availability, ensure that your project meets the eligibility requirements and to schedule an energy assessment/walk through of the project to verify existing equipment.

PACE Rebate

PACE offers $1/watt up to $15,000 for appropriately-sized photovoltaic systems subject to the following conditions:

  • Units must be installed on existing rooftops and parking shade structures; or on the ground within the boundaries of an existing facility
  • North-facing roofs do not allow full utilization of sunlight and do not qualify.
  • There must be minimal shading by trees, buildings and other structures.
  • The property must be free from deed restrictions on PV systems.
  • The roof needs to be able to support a PV system installation.
  • A list of eligible PV system modules and inverters is available on the California Energy Commission’s website.
  • All PV systems must carry a five-year warranty from both the manufacturer and the installer, including parts and labor.
  • Rebuilt, used, refurbished or portable equipment does not qualify.

City of Boulder Rebate

City of Boulder residents and businesses that have installed solar electric or solar thermal (hot water) systems on their property may be eligible for a sales and use tax rebate. The city may rebate approximately 15 percent of the city sales and use tax paid on materials and permits for the solar installation. To be eligible, taxpayers must file a rebate application within 12 months of the city’s final inspection. The City of Boulder sales and use tax rebate does not impact eligibility for PACE’s solar rebate.

City of Boulder Solar Grant

The City of Boulder provides grants for the installation of solar electric and solar thermal (hot water) systems on:

  • The facilities of site-based nonprofit organizations and nonprofit organizations that lease city-owned facilities;
  • Low/moderate or middle income housing owned by nonprofit organizations; and
  • Individual residences owned by low/moderate and middle income residents as defined under the Solar Grant Evaluation Criteria.

Nonprofits are eligible for both the grant by the City of Boulder and PACE rebates, though the PACE rebate is capped at 50% of project costs when including the solar grant.

NOTE: All fixtures, retrofits and lamps must be on either the DLC QPL, or ENERGY STAR qualified. Additional eligibility criteria may apply. Contact your advisor for more detailed requirements.

Exterior lighting is eligible for a 50% bonus on top of the amounts listed below.

Lighting Replacement Rebate / Watt Reduced
LED linear tubes $0.30
Replacing an existing T12 fixture with any LED $0.30
LED hardwired retrofit kits and fixtures $0.75
LED replacement lamps $0.25
Ceramic Metal Halides $0.20
All other retrofits and replacements $0.40
Permanently Installed Interior Automatic Controls Rebate / Watt Controlled
Networked Lighting Control $0.40
Combo Continous Dimming (photocell) and Occupancy/Vacancy $0.15
Continous Dimming (photocell) $0.10
Occupancy/Vacancy $0.10
Refrigerated LED Case Lighting 5- and 6-foot Doors Rebate
Cases with 5 ft. and 6 ft. doors (replacing T12 or T8) – rebate per door $30
LED Refrigerated Case and Walk-in Lighting Rebate
Replacing T10 or T12 with magnetic ballast in walk-ins and open or reach-in displays – per 4′ $100
Replacing T8 with electronic ballast in walk-ins and open or reach-in display cases – per 4′ $100

NOTE: Additional eligibility criteria may apply. Contact your advisor for more detailed requirements and to verify funding availability prior to the purchase of equipment.

Upgrade Rebate Per
RTU 17 SEER, <5.4 Tons $314/$79 Ton (existing works/not)
RTU 12.0 EER 5.5-11.3 Tons $314/$79 Ton (existing works/not)
RTU 12.0 EER 11.4-20 Tons $314/$79 Ton (existing works/not)
Add Economizer to RTU 250 Unit
Split System 15 SEER, <5.4 Tons $314/$79 Ton (existing works/not)
Direct Evaporative Pre-cooling $100 Ton
Evaporative Cooler – Replacing DX Cooling $1.00 CFM
Programmable Thermostat $100 Unit

Achieving carbon neutrality requires a cleaner electric grid and ceasing to burn gasoline and natural gas in vehicles and buildings. Pursuing an “electrification” strategy, PACE discontinued rebates for natural gas heating equipment in 2019 in favor of electric heat pumps which are eligible for PACE custom rebates. Contact your advisor to learn more.

Xcel Energy continues to offer rebates for high efficiency natural gas furnaces and boilers.

Additional eligibility criteria may apply. Contact your advisor for more detailed requirements.

Measures PACE Rebate Rebate Units
Compressed Air
VFD Compressor 10 HP $3,700.00 $/unit
VFD Compressor 15 HP $4,160.00 $/unit
VFD Compressor 20 HP $4,620.00 $/unit
VFD Compressor 25 HP $5,080.00 $/unit
VFD Compressor 30 HP $5,550.00 $/unit
VFD Compressor 40 HP $6,470.00 $/unit
No Loss Air Drain $24.00 $/unit
Motors – 1% higher efficiency than NEMA Premium Motors
1 hp $90.00 $/unit
1.5 hp $147.00 $/unit
2 hp $200.00 $/unit
3 hp $335.00 $/unit
5 hp $415.00 $/unit
7.5 hp $340.00 $/unit
10 hp $326.00 $/unit
15 hp $191.00 $/unit
20 hp $286.00 $/unit
25 hp $532.00 $/unit
30 hp $520.00 $/unit
40 hp $1,550.00 $/unit
50 hp $1,560.00 $/unit
60 hp $1,960.00 $/unit
75 hp $2,033.00 $/unit
100 hp $1,805.00 $/unit
125 hp $1,500.00 $/unit
150 hp $1,630.00 $/unit
200 hp $4,015.00 $/unit
VFD Fans/Pumps
1 – 5 hp $78.00 $/unit
7.5 – 25 hp $346.00 $/unit
30 – 75 hp $390.00 $/unit
100 – 200 hp $2,823.00 $/unit

Additional eligibility criteria may apply. Contact your advisor for more detailed requirements.

Upgrade PACE Rebate Rebate Units
Food Service Equipment
Energy Star High efficiency ice machine $100 $/unit
Energy Star Dishwasher, Under Counter $500 $/unit
Energy Star Dishwasher, Door Type $1,000 $/unit
Energy Star Dishwasher, Single Tank Conveyor $1,500 $/unit
Energy Star Dishwasher, Multi Tank Conveyor $2,000 $/unit
Energy Star Commercial Refrigerator, glass door, <30 cu ft $75 $/unit
Energy Star Commercial Refrigerator, glass door, >=30 cu ft $100 $/unit
Energy Star Commercial Refrigerator, solid door, <30 cu ft $50 $/unit
Energy Star Commercial Refrigerator, solid door, >=30 cu ft $100 $/unit
Energy Star Commercial Freezer, glass door, <30 cu ft $150 $/unit
Energy Star Commercial Freezer, glass door, >=30 cu ft $300 $/unit
Energy Star Commercial Freezer, solid door <30 cu ft $100 $/unit
Energy Star Commercial Freezer, solid door, >=30 cu ft $200 $/unit
Energy Star Insulated Hot Food Holding Cabinets, >= 7 cu. Ft. $500 $/unit
Energy Star Electric Steamers $1,000 $/unit
Energy Star Electric Fryers $60 $/unit
Energy Star Electric Griddles, > 70% HL Eff $250 $/unit
Energy Star Convection Ovens – Electric, > 70% HL Eff $175 $/unit
Grocery
Reach-in or walk-in refrigerator or freezer, door gaskets $2 $/ft
High-efficiency open display case, Med temp (>0 deg F), length of case in ft $250 $/ft
High-efficiency reach-in display case, Med temp (>0 deg F), length of case in ft $250 $/ft
High-efficiency reach-in display case, Low temp (<=0 deg F), length of case in ft $450 $/ft
Strip curtains for walk-in coolers or refrigerated warehouse spaces $3 $/sqft
Auto closers, Main walk-in door; Low temp (<=0 deg F) $200 $/unit
Auto Closers, Main walk-in door; Med temp (>0 deg F) $200 $/unit
Auto Closers, Reach-in door; Low temp (<=0 deg F) $150 $/unit
Auto Closers, Reach-in door; Med temp (>0 deg F) $60 $/unit
Evaporator Fan EC Motor $101 $/unit

Businesses located in the city of Boulder can participate in a custom rebate program for energy efficiency measures that are not part of the existing prescriptive rebate program. The custom efficiency rebates promote electric and natural gas reduction and require pre-approval prior to purchase/installation of equipment. Project submissions are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.

Examples of potential custom rebate measures:

Advanced lighting controls, high efficiency heat pumps, heat recovery and reuse, chiller upgrades, building automation systems, compressed air equipment and system upgrades, refrigeration compressor and condenser upgrade, variable frequency drive installations on fans, pumps, or other variable loads.

Contact a business sustainability advisor at 303-786-7223 or info@PACEpartners.com to learn more.

PACE rebates and incentives can be combined with utility incentives

    • Efficiency Works in Longmont
    • Xcel Energy in Boulder County
      • Businesses under 50,000 square feet may qualify for Xcel Energy’s Direct Install program and could be eligible to receive free LED bulbs (when replacing incandescent or HID bulbs), coil cleaning for coolers and freezers, pipewrap, faucet aerators, and pre-rinse spray valves.

Find out what other support organizations are here to help you.

Eligibility, Terms, and Other Resources

Note that rebate amounts and requirements are subject to change without notice. PACE rebates are available on a first come, first serve basis. Businesses are required to contact an advisor prior to the purchase of energy efficiency measures to confirm funding availability, ensure that your project meets the eligibility requirements and to schedule an energy assessment/walk through of the project to verify existing equipment.

  1. Contact PACE to Find an Advisor:  An advisor will help to ensure rebate eligibility and to schedule your free energy assessment.
  2. Get a bid: Obtain project bids from contractors a qualified contractor clearly identifying existing equipment/fixtures and equipment/fixtures to be installed. We recommend that you get 2-3 bids and can provide you with a contractor list. Your advisor will help determine eligibility of equipment. Work with your advisor to review bids/specification sheets for eligibility and create a rebate reservation to secure the funds.
  3. Submit application for rebate reservation: Reservations are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservation lengths vary depending on equipment installed. Work with your advisor to review bids/specification sheets for eligibility and create a rebate reservation to secure the funds. A signed contract will be required to reserve rebates over $5,000. A contractor bid signed by the business indicating intent to proceed will be required to reserve rebates between $1,000 and $5,000. WRITTEN CONFIRMATION OF A REBATE RESERVATION IS THE ONLY WAY TO ENSURE THAT REBATE FUNDS WILL BE HELD FOR YOUR PROJECT.
  4. Purchase and install eligible equipment: Complete the installations within the following reservation windows:
    • Reservations for lighting projects will be held for up to 60 days.
    • Reservations for non-lighting projects will be held for up to 90 days.
    • Reservations for renewable energy projects will be held for up to 12 months.
    • Businesses may be allowed to request one extension of the reservation, subject to approval by a committee.
  5. Submit final rebate paperwork at project completion: Complete the PACE forms provided by your advisor and send them to us with your completed invoice. Your advisor will submit your rebate application for you. Receive rebate within 6-8 weeks after submittal.

PACE rebates are available to commercial and institutional properties within Boulder County (including non-profits, manufacturing facilities and multifamily housing) installing eligible retrofit measures. Rebates will not be offered to new construction or renovations projects. To distinguish between retrofit and renovation projects, Boulder County will treat the project as new construction/renovation if the business meets three out of the five following criteria:

  1. The business is undertaking the project primarily due to a change in the use of the space, which requires changes to the lighting or HVAC systems. For example, warehouse space is being converted to office space.
  2. The space being renovated will be unoccupied for 30 days or more.
  3. Existing light fixtures are being removed and a totally new light scheme with re-wiring is the result.
  4. Required to apply for a construction permit.
  5. First time install of electric operated equipment in which higher efficient models are available.

Specific measure eligibility is dependent on the type of upgrade. Contact a PACE advisor for more information.

Rebate Limits per Parcel:

  • $3,000 annually outside city of Boulder
  • $20,000 annually in city of Boulder
  • $5,000 lifetime for HVAC equipment
  • $15,000 annually for renewable energy (does not count toward parcel caps listed above)

Additional Rebate Limits:

  • Rebates will be limited such that the simple payback period for any project, with all rebates and incentives deducted from total project costs, is not less than two years.
  • The total of all rebates and incentives (PACE rebates, utility rebates, etc.) cannot exceed 50% of total project costs.

Businesses may be allowed to request an exemption, subject to approval by a committee of PACE staff.

PACE reserves the right to cap funding for any one business sector to ensure a fair distribution of funds.

C-PACE Energy Loans

Colorado Property Assessed Clean Energy Loans (C-PACE) enables owners of Eligible Commercial & Industrial Buildings to finance up to 100% of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Water Conservation Eligible Improvements.

Do you need a contrator for your project? Find a contractor for lighting, solar, or HVAC projects.

Are you a Contractor? Go to the PACE Contractor section for more information.

The easiest and most accurate way to obtain a rebate estimate is to contact a PACE advisor. Regardless, written confirmation of a rebate reservation by a PACE advisor is the only way to ensure that rebate funds will be available for your project. Should you wish to estimate your own rebates, the forms are below.

Rebate estimators:

Application forms:

Note that rebate amounts and requirements are subject to change without notice. PACE rebates are available on a first come, first serve basis. Businesses/contractors are required to contact an advisor prior to the purchase of energy efficiency measures to confirm funding availability, ensure that your project meets the eligibility requirements and to schedule an energy assessment/walk through of the project to verify existing equipment.

Contact a business sustainability advisor at 303-786-7223 or info@PACEpartners.com to learn more and to schedule an energy assessment.

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Budget Home Supply in Longmont installed energy-efficient lighting upgrades in their warehouse, replacing T12 and metal halide bulbs with brighter and more efficient T8 bulbs. Says Budget Home Supply’s Beverly Vernon, “Originally, we just wanted a better lighting system for our warehouse. We got it, but we also saw a 30 percent decrease in energy bills. This project has been saving us between $1,000 to $1,200 each month in energy costs!”
Beverly Vernon - Budget Home Supply