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Eagle County suspending solar rebates

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Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Eagle County is announcing the suspension of its solar rebate program due to decreasing revenues in the Eco-Build Fund, the dedicated source from which rebates were paid. The program allowed homeowners to apply for rebates from the county for installing residential solar energy systems.

The Eagle County Efficient Building Code, or Eco-Build, was adopted by the county in 2006 to promote construction of energy-efficient structures. The solar rebate program was funded through pay-in-lieu fees collected from new construction or substantial remodels that do not meet minimum efficiency standards as outlined in the Eco-Build regulations.

In addition to solar rebates, the Eco-Build fund has been used to finance a “community grant” program supporting projects such as efficiency improvements at the WECMRD Fieldhouse, Habitat for Humanity LEED certification, and the Walking Mountains LEED Platinum campus in Avon. Since its inception, the Eco-Build Fund has averaged approximately $200,000 per year in collections, peaking in 2009 at over $300,000.

However, construction activity in Eagle County has decreased significantly over the past couple of years and at the same time, energy efficient construction practices have increased. As of the end of the September, the fund had collected approximately $16,000.

To-date, over 200 rebates had been awarded through the program.

The suspension plan for the solar rebate program includes extending rebates to those already on the reservation list. Moving forward, the Eco-Build fund will be used to support community demonstration projects on a case-by-case basis as money is available. For more information, call Adam Palmer at 970-328-8734.-

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