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Solar Energy Systems

The City of Golden has been awarded a Silver designation from the national Sol Smart Communities program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. By streamlining the process of permitting and providing abundant resources and rebate opportunities, the City seeks to shorten the return on investment and create greater access to renewable energy for residents and businesses alike.
Financing OptionsCommercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE)
Jefferson County, including the City of Golden, participates in C-PACE, which enables owners of eligible commercial and industrial buildings to finance up to 100 percent of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation eligible Improvements. 

Financing is provided by private capital providers at competitive rates with repayment terms up to 20 years.

For more information or to apply for financing, visit the Colorado C-PACE website or contact Golden Sustainability Coordinator Theresa Worsham at or the Jeffco property assessor’s office at
Private Loans
Solar loan payments are often less than your electric bill and offer fixed rates and flexible terms. 

Contact your local bank or credit union to ask about programs. 
Third Party Financing
Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) 

In the PPA model, an installer/developer builds a solar energy system on a customer’s property at no cost. 

The solar energy system offsets the customer’s electric utility bill, and the developer sells the power generated to the customer at a fixed rate, typically lower than the local utility. 

At the end of the PPA contract term, property owners can extend the contract and even buy the solar energy system from the developer. 

Solar Leasing

In the lease model, a customer signs a contract with an installer/developer and pays for the solar energy system over a period of years or decades, rather than paying for the power produced. 

Solar leases can be structured so customers pay no up-front costs, some of the system cost, or purchase the system before the end of the lease term. Similar leasing structures are commonly used in many other industries, including automobiles and office equipment.
Tax Credits
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit
Residential renewable tax credits are available for:
  • Geothermal Heat
  • Small Wind Energy
  • Fuel Cells. 
For a list of policies and incentives in Golden, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency website (DSIRE).
Property Tax Exemptions
Residential photovoltaic installations and some other renewable energy installations, like wind, up to 2 megawatts in size are 100 percent exempt from property taxes in Colorado. The system must primarily be used to supply electricity to the onsite home or building.
Solar Gardens, Coming Soon!
Solar gardens allow renters, business tenants and residents who may not be able to install solar on their roofs to subscribe to renewable energy.

Golden voters approved a community solar initiative to create local opportunities to subscribe to renewable energy. 81% of voters said Yes to a new community solar garden at the Rooney Road landfill site and a second site is also on the horizon with an opportunity for a 5-megawatt garden.
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