DENVER – In April San Miguel Power Ass. joined forces with the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office to launch a variety of rebate programs as part of the statewide Recharge Colorado campaign. SMPA secured $195,000 in matching funds from the GEO, bringing the total dollars available to SMPA members for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to $390,000. SMPA’s funds will expire on December 31 of this year. Applications for all SMPA rebates that are part of the GEO program are available at www.rechargecolorado.com.
SMPA is participating in the residential and commercial solar PV, residential and commercial wind, home energy audit, and insulate and seal programs. While the residential solar PV funds have been completely reserved, interested members are encouraged to explore opportunities with a solar provider and apply to be on the GEO’s wait list for a rebate. Approximately $80,000 remains for commercial solar PV, which could fund up to three more systems. SMPA has ample funds remaining for the rest of the programs: $9,000 for home energy audits, $9,000 for insulate and air seal, $40,000 for residential wind and $60,000 for commercial wind.
Members can receive a rebate of $3/watt with a maximum of $30,000 for commercial PV installations. For wind installations, members can receive a rebate of $2/watt for the first 5kW and $1/watt for 6-10kW, for a total incentive of $15,000 for residential systems and a maximum of $30,000 for commercial systems.
Rebate amounts vary for the home energy audit program. Depending on the amount a member pays for their audit, they can receive a rebate ranging from $25 to $100. Members who install energy efficient insulation and take air-sealing measures can receive a rebate of 40 percent of job cost up to $600. Until September 30, Source Gas customers can apply for an additional insulation and air-sealing rebate, to the amount of 50 percent of the job cost up to $1,000. Both rebates combined create a total savings of 90 percent of job cost, up to $1,600. Visit www.excessisout.com for more information on Source Gas rebates.
The GEO also offers rebates for solar thermal systems, duct sealing, energy monitors, and energy efficient appliances. Visit www.smpa.com to download an application form. Full GEO program details and guidelines, along with information about all available local and federal incentives, are available on the Recharge Colorado website, www.rechargecolorado.com, or call 800/462-0184.
Telluride Foundation Hosts Pre-Application Workshops in Naturita, Dove Creek
NATURITA – The Telluride Foundation will be hosting pre-application workshops for those interested Paradox Community Trust: Strengthening Community Fund second round grants. These grants are open to nonprofit, community, and faith based organizations interested in building their capacity to address broad economic recovery issues, and focusing in and around the communities of western San Miguel, Montrose, Dolores and Montezuma counties. A representative from applicant organizations must attend one of following meetings, in order to be eligible to apply for a grant: Cahone, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Cahone Senior Center, 14018 US 491, Cahone; or in Naturita, Thursday, Sept. 9, 4 5:30 p.m. at the Naturita Library, 411 W 2nd Ave, Naturita. The primary focus of the grant will be the western and rural portions of San Miguel, Montrose, Dolores and Montezuma counties, including the communities of Norwood, Redvale, Egnar, Naturita, Nucla, Paradox, Dove Creek and Rico.
Grant applications are due Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. The grant application and guidelines are available on the Telluride Foundation website, under the Funds and Initiatives tab, and then the Paradox Strengthening Communities Grant tab, or by the following link: http://www.telluridefoundation.org/index.php?page=paradox. If you are a representative from your organization are unable to be at one of the two workshops, please contact Karl Shaddock, the Paradox Strengthening Communities Fund Manager, at email@example.com or 308/340-0753. Informal Open Help Sessions for those interested in discussing or reviewing their grant application take place at the Dove Creek High School Library Sept. 15 and 22, 1-5 p.m.; at the Naturita Library Sept. 16 and 23, from 1-5 p.m.; and in Rico Sept. 24, 3-5 p.m.