Local Small Wind Rebate Programs

May 26, 2010


The Governor's Energy Office (GEO) provided matching grants to three electric cooperatives and one municipal electric utility to provide rebates for small wind to their local businesses and residents. The GEO established some basic rules but gave the participating administrators flexibility to modify their programs to best suit their customer's needs. In general, rebates will be limited to the first 10 kW of a system and may not exceed 50% of the installed system cost. Recipients of the incentive must also meet some basic efficiency requirements designed by the participating administrators. The participants providing small wind rebates at this time are:

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.colorado.gov/energy/renewables/small-wind-incentive.asp
Administrator: Governor's Energy Office
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)
Incentive Amount: $2/W - $3/W (varies by utility)
Maximum Incentive: $5,000 - $10,000 (varies by utility)
50% of the system cost
Rebates will be limited to the first 10 kW of a system
Equipment Requirements: All systems must have a minimum 5-year warranty on major system components and installation, with the exception of batteries, for which a minimum 2-year warranty is required
Inverters must be UL approved
Installation Requirements: Systems must be grid-tied and net-metered by the participating utility

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.