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Where can I learn more about solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies?

What is the maximum size PV system I can install?

Fort Collins Utilities currently limits simple net metering.

Maximum capacity also is limited to the lesser of:

  • 120 percent of typical annual use
  • service entrance capacity

The rebates are capped at 3 kW for residential installation and 200 kW for commercial installations.


What happens if the rebates run out?

Current funding is $490,000. Subject to availability of funds, applicants on the wait list will be included in next year's program.


Are do-it-yourself projects allowed and eligible for rebates?

Do-it-yourself projects are allowed, but are not eligible for rebates.


Do I have to be tied to the electric grid to be eligible for a rebate?

Yes. Your system must be grid-tied, and you must be a Fort Collins Utilities electric customer.


Do I have to get an energy audit?

Yes, if your home was built prior to Jan. 1, 2005. You'll have to provide proof of an on-site and documented energy audit through Efficiency Works' Home Efficiency Upgrades, or another approved RESNET/BPI auditor. This audit is not required to apply but will need to be scheduled after your rebate is reserved. The audit must be completed before the rebate is issued.


Can I save money on my energy bill with a PV system?

Even with rebates and tax incentives, PV systems can take years to pay for themselves. Consult your solar contractor for a payback estimate.


Can I still apply if my proposed site doesn't quite meet the program requirements for orientation and shading?

Applications may be accepted for systems that don't completely conform to performance guidelines at a prorated rebate level in order to account for the reduced performance. Fort Collins Utilities reserves the right to exclude systems that are likely to perform substantially below the program guidelines.


What happens to the renewable energy credits (RECs) for my PV system?

Fort Collins Utilities' rebate includes the purchase of the RECs associated with your system helping with compliance with the State of Colorado Renewable Energy Standard and the community's Energy Policy and CAP goals. Commercial rebates for systems greater than 20 kW may have their RECs retired on their behalf by the City of Fort Collins.


Will the rebate program be extended?

We expect to continue through 2018 but reserve the right to discontinue this program when the funding is depleted or at the end of the calendar year, whichever comes first.


What does "assignment of rebate to installer" on the application mean?

Under some circumstances there are business or tax advantages to assign your rebate to your installer. Consult your solar contractor and/or tax accountant.


Can I apply for a rebate if I already have a PV system?

Only new PV systems installed after January 2017 are eligible.


Please contact Utilities for any questions not answered here.