City of Aurora – Solar Permit Offset and Energy Audit Rebate (Colorado)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Colorado

Name City of Aurora – Solar Permit Offset and Energy Audit Rebate
Incentive Type Local Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat, Energy Audits, (permit fees)
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
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

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.

Expiration Date 2011-04-30

Maximum Incentive Residential solar system permit: 500

Commercial solar system permit: 1,000
Residential energy audit: 90
Commercial energy assessment: 300

Program Administrator City of Aurora Planning and Development Services

References DSIRE[1]


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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Energy Rebate Administration
Department City of Aurora
Division Planning and Development Services
Address 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.
Address 2 Suite 2300
Place Aurora, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 80207
Phone (303) 739-7675


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"