City of Aurora - Solar Permit Offset and Energy Audit Rebate

April 17, 2012


All solar electric system installations in the city of Aurora require a building permit. With this program, the normal permit fee (up to $500 for residential and $1,000 for commercial buildings) will be rebated for those properties that first receive a blower door energy audit from Xcel Energy. The cost of the Xcel energy audit, which is $90 for residents and $200-$300 for businesses, will be rebated as well. Step 1: Order and receive a blower door energy audit from Xcel Energy. Call 1-800-895-4999 or visit Step 2: Choose a contractor that is licensed and registered through the city of Aurora, and receive a city of Aurora building permit Step 3: Fill out a Solar Permit Offset application AND an Energy Audit Rebate application. Submission Checklist


  • Completed Aurora Solar Permit Fee rebate application

  • Completed Aurora Energy Audit rebate application

  • Copy of Xcel Energy bill with energy audit clearly marked

  • Copy of building permit


The rebate program is effective April 2, 2010 through September 2011. Rebates are offered on a first-come first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Interested parties must fill out separate applications for each rebate request. Only one energy audit per property is necessary.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: City of Aurora Planning and Development Services
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Other EE
Incentive Amount: The entire City of Aurora solar installation permit fee, which is up to $500 for residential properties and $1,000 for commercial properties, is eligible. Both the initial solar installation permit fee and the first plan review fee are eligible.

Residential energy audit: $90
Commercial energy assessment: $200-$300
Maximum Incentive: Residential solar system permit: $500
Commercial solar system permit: $1,000
Residential energy audit: $90
Commercial energy assessment: $300
Equipment Requirements: Only solar electric (PV) and solar hot water heat systems installation permit fees are eligible.
Properties must receive an energy audit from Xcel Energy prior to receipt of solar installation permit.
Addresses will be verified. Any property owner with a project address outside of Aurora city limits will be denied a rebate.


Name: Energy Rebate Administration
Organization: City of Aurora
Address: 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.
Aurora CO 80207
Phone: (303) 739-7675

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.