Residential rebates for solar thermal / solar hot water systems


Holy Cross EnergyHoly Cross Energy offers a rebate for installation of solar domestic hot water systems for customers who use electric water heaters. The rebate covers:

  • Up to to 50 percent of project cost
  • Up to $1,500 per panel for 1 to 4 panels
  • Total potential rebate of $6,000

Holy Cross customers using electric water heaters in existing homes are eligible for the rebate.

The solar thermal rebate does not apply to:

  • New construction
  • Replacement of water heaters fueled by natural gas or propane
  • Projects mandated by REMP in Pitkin County or Eco-Build in Eagle County

Holy Cross customers should obtain a pre-application to be sure of rebate funds, which is good for 120 days.

Visit www.HolyCross.com for rebate information and the pre-application form.


CORE logoSolar Thermal rebate from CORE

  • Solar thermal installations: $1,500 per panel, up to $3,000

  • Solar thermal system tune-up: 25% up to $500
    Flush tank and collector, check thermostat and timer, check pump motor and controller, inspect pipe insulation, clean collector, check system pressure

Get the latest information about rebates from CORE by clicking here.

CORE service territory
CORE serves the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys, including the City of Glenwood Springs. CORE does not serve the Marble/Gunnison County area. CORE PV rebates are not available to Eagle County residents or to Xcel Energy electric customers.


Federal tax credits for solar hot water

These tax credits can be taken to offset your federal income tax paid in the year after you install a solar hot water system at your home.

  • 30% tax credit with no upper limit
  • Good for projects completed through Dec. 31, 2019
  • The credit decreases to 26% for tax year 2020 and decreases to 22% for tax year 2021. The tax credit is currently set to expire on Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Can be used for existing homes and new construction
  • Principal residences and second homes qualify.
  • Rental properties do not qualify.

More information on solar hot water tax credits at ENERGY STAR.gov

The same 30% federal tax credit can be applied to other renewable energy installations, including:

Energy StarVisit the ENERGY STAR tax credits page, where information on available federal tax credits is regularly updated.