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CORE offers energy rebates to Roaring Fork Valley

ASPEN, Colorado – The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) has budgeted $105,000 for an updated energy rebate program good through much of the Roaring Fork Valley.

CORE also awarded $304,838 for 10 Green Key grants and $40,000 for smaller grants. These include funding for electric vehicle charging ports at Roaring Fork Transit Authority’s new Bus Rapid Transit stations.

CORE’s Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP) rebates are now available throughout the city of Glenwood Springs. They were previously only available to residents and businesses south of the Colorado River.

“With the CORE board’s clarified commitment to serve the entire Roaring Fork Valley, including Glenwood Springs on both sides of the Colorado River, we hope to see more Green Key Grant applications from organizations in the lower valley next year,” says Mona Newton, executive director of CORE.

“In the meantime, we have been delighted to see an increase in solar photovoltaic rebate applications within Glenwood Springs during 2012, as residents and businesses capitalize on rebates from both CORE and the municipal electric utility.”

Upgrades to CORE’s solar rebate program, which take effective immediately, include:

• A grid-tied solar photovoltaic rebates change from $0.50/watt to $0.50 per calculated annual kilowatt-hour production, which will increase the rebate for typical installations by about $300.

• Rebates are now available to on-site leased solar photovoltaic systems, at $0.25 per calculated annual kWh production, up to $2,000.

• Solar hot water rebates increase from a flat $1,000 to $1,500 per panel up to $6,000 for both residential and commercial systems.

• New rebates are available for solar hot water system tune-ups and control meters.

• Commercial rebate incentives, called the Energy Smart Business program, have increased from a maximum of $500 to a maximum of $2,500.

• Certification requirements for solar hot water systems is expanded to contractors holding NABCEP/COSEIA certification or a Master Plumber license.

Full rebate eligibility requirements and an application are available online at http://www.aspencore.org. Recipients must be full-time Roaring Fork Valley residents (with the exception of grid-tied solar PV applicants). Applicants must be the home or business owner and resident. Only one rebate per type per household per five years.


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