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EnergySmart customers can access up to $1,000 in rebates for home energy efficiency upgrades
May 2, 2011 – Boulder County residents have a limited time to access new rebates for energy efficiency improvements in their homes.

Through its EnergySmart program, Boulder County is offering up to $1,000 per household in rebates until July 31 or until funds are exhausted. Rebates are for qualifying projects including insulation, furnace replacement, efficient windows, and Energy Star appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers and more.

The more than $300,000 in rebates are available to EnergySmart participants only. EnergySmart provides a full suite of services to help Boulder County residents identify valuable energy-saving opportunities.

More information and registration is available at or by calling 303-544-1000. Rebate payment takes an average of 6-8 weeks and will be made to qualifying applicants upon completion of projects on a first-come, first-served basis.

The $1,000 in EnergySmart rebates are available in addition to existing utility rebates. EnergySmart also offers 2.5 percent interest “microloans” for up to $5,000 on qualifying energy efficiency projects. More than 1,200 Boulder County residents have enrolled in EnergySmart services since the program launched in early 2011.

 “Rebates are generally confusing, but EnergySmart helps people find them and figure them out. We even fill out the paperwork,” said EnergySmart Advisor manager Andy Mazal. “These new $1,000 rebates are really going to get people excited. There has never been a better time or an easier way to make energy efficiency upgrades.”

EnergySmart services and large energy efficiency rebates are also available to all businesses in Boulder County. EnergySmart is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy’s BetterBuildings grant program and is sponsored in partnership by Boulder County, the cities of Boulder and Longmont, Xcel Energy and the Platte River Power Authority. Residential services are administered by Populus, LLC.

Land Use Code Update: Solar Gardens and Commercial Solar Energy Systems
Docket DC-11-0001: Solar Gardens and Commercial Solar Energy Systems

The Board of County Commissioners approved Land Use Code text amendments to better facilitate statewide Solar Gardens legislation and to allow small to medium sized commercial scale solar energy power generation facilities April 19, 2011. This docket approved amendments to Article 4-514(J) Small Solar Energy Systems and 4-514(E) Major Facility of a Public Utility; created a new use classification for Medium Solar Energy Systems or Solar Gardens as a principal use; and created a new use classification for Large Solar Energy Systems.

Action: The Board of County Commissioners approved this docket on April 19, 2011.

Articles of Interest to Boulder City & County
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Boulder County reopens Cherry Creek Tree Farm bid process - Boulder Daily Camera - County hopes to find qualified buyer before next year's growing season
By John Fryar Longmont Times-Call -- Posted: 05/10/2011 05:44:09 PM MDT -- Boulder County will solicit a new round of offers from potential buyers of the Cherry Creek Tree Farm property. ...