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Financial Resources and Incentives

Save money, grow better, that's the power of the SAGE Program! Financial Resources and Incentives

Maximize cost savings on your sustainability projects by tapping into financial incentives. SAGE can connect you with rebates, incentives, grants, and low-interest loans to reduce or entirely pay for upgrade costs and sustainability projects!

Meet with a SAGE advisor to identify financial resources that best fit your business needs.

Free Cost-Saving Products!

SAGE offers free energy and water bill saving products! Simply fill out this form to receive your free products and a SAGE advisor will bring them to you!

Looking for product rebates? SAGE offers up to $1,500 per business in rebates--scroll to the bottom of this site to learn more! 

There are limited quantities of free products. Products are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

TOP OPPORTUNITIES: 

Below are several high-impact financial incentives and programs that can save your business money and make small and large scale sustainability projects possible.

Design Your Own Project with the SAGE Accelerator Grant Program:

The SAGE Accelerator Grant provides one-time, project related, financial assistance on a reimbursement basis, of sustainability upgrades and services, that facilitate cost reductions and support resource conservation and environmentally friendly business operations.

Apply Here! 


FREE Energy Assessment and Lighting Upgrades

SAGE is partnering with Xcel Energy to provide FREE energy assessments, efficiency equipment, and bonus rebates of up to $1,500.
Follow these three easy steps to reducing your utility bill: 

  1. Contact CLEAResult: Schedule an Xcel Energy energy assessment provided through its contractor, CLEAResult. Call 877-287-2250  to sign-up 

  2. Complete Your Building Energy Assessment: An energy advisor will identify low to no-cost energy savings opportunities and energy saving projects. Following the assessment, the energy advisor can help you move forward with the energy saving project by connecting you to financing options, rebates, and contractors.

  3. Get Rebates: SAGE will provide a $1,500 max in rebates and fund projects up to 75% of total cost (Xcel Energy + City rebates combined) for each business. Rebates are first come, first served, so contact SAGE ASAP!

During your Energy Assessment you may receive FREE energy-saving products:

  • Select screw-in LED lamps and tubes
  • Aerators for restroom and kitchen sinks
  • Select ENERGY STAR-certified smart
  • Thermostats
  • LED exit sign retrofit kits
  • Strip curtains for freezers
  • Auto-close doors for coolers and freezers
  • Pipe insulation
  • Pre-rinse spray valves

Learn More Here!

Xcel Energy Rebates

If you’re an Xcel Energy customer, you can take advantage of instant rebates and free services and assessments to purchase and install energy efficiency products that cut utility bills, improve the quality of lighting in your business, and reduce energy use. The benefits of making lighting efficiency improvements for your business include:reduce energy use and lower replacement and maintenance costs; mproved light quality in your business; and faster payback period of your project with rebates that increase the return on your investment 

Learn about a summary of Xcel Energy’s business program offerings and see below for highlight opportunities: 

Visit Xcel Energy's website for the most up-to-date details or see the section below for applicable financial incentives by category.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND INCENTIVES BY TOPIC

  • Energy Audit and Rebates-Small Business Solutions (Xcel Energy): Make the switch to energy-efficient lighting that can drive long-term energy and cost savings. An energy advisor will walk through your business and conduct a comprehensive audit of the facility and its energy use.iStock-171572338-768x420.jpg You'll receive a detailed report that outlines various energy conservation opportunities with associated payback, savings, cost and available rebates
  • Lighting Rebates (Xcel Energy): Retrofit rebates for purchasing and installing energy-efficient lighting equipment in an existing building retrofit.
  • Energy Analysis (Xcel Energy): Receive a customized report of your bill analysis that shows your energy use trends year-over year, an energy benchmark and how it compares to the ENERGY STAR standard of efficiency, and a list of low-cost energy conservation opportunities with the associated cost, savings, payback, and available rebates
  • Commercial LED Lighting Program (United Power): Provides rebates for Pre-Authorized Commercial LED Lighting projects
  • Energy Efficiency Financing (Xcel Energy): Cover 100% of your project cost with no money down! Financing is good for: Energy Efficiency Equipment, Renewable Technologies, and Non-Efficiency Equipment. NEIF offers a suite of finance products and selects the lowest rates and best term from a vetted group of lenders.
  • Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Energy (C-PACE) Financing: Westminster owners of eligible commercial and industrial buildings can finance up to 100% of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation eligible improvements.
  • Commercial Refrigeration Efficiency Program(Xcel Energy): Receive complimentary products and services for immediate savings and rebates for installing advanced energy-saving measures. 
  • Refrigerated Case/Walk-In Cooler Fan Motor Retrofit Rebate (United Power): Replacement of evaporative fan motors with Electronically Commutated Motors (ECM) in existing cases or in new cases installed in an existing store or location. Applicable to medium and low temperature reach-in refrigerated cases, multi-deck open cases and walk-in coolers.
  • AC Rewards Smart Thermostat Program (Xcel Energy):  Receive a smart thermostat (Wi-Fi connected ecobee3 lite smart thermostat) and installation for free, plus earn up to $25 per thermostat for enrolling.5c5223c7c98bb.image.jpg
  • Heating Efficiency Rebate (Xcel Energy): Cash rebates for new installation and upgrading natural gas heating systems.
  • Cooling Efficiency Rebate (Xcel Energy): Cash rebates for replacing or updating your cooling system using the latest cooling technology.

Transportation:

  • EV Charging Stations from Charge Ahead Colorado: Charge Ahead Colorado provides grants for electric vehicle charging stations that cover up to 80% of the costs up to $6,000 for fleet only stations and $9,000 for level 2 multi-port station, and $35,000 for Level III, Multiple Connection Standard Station. In addition, funding is available to pay 80% of the incremental cost differential between a gasoline/diesel vehicle and the comparable EV up to $8,260 per vehicle. Charge Ahead Colorado typically has three application rounds per year in January, May and October.
  • Alternative Fuels Vehicle Grant: Get funding for alternative fueling infrastructure and alternative fuel vehicles. Reach out to Matt Goble for more information.  
  • EV Fast-Charging Plazas Grant: The grant crease access to high-speed charging in metro areas for public users and high-mileage fleets like Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). 
  • Electric Vehicle Incentives and Rebates: Learn about Colorado and Federal tax incentives, rebates, and financial programs.

Air Quality And Electrification:

  • Colorado Clean Diesel Program: The Colorado Clean Diesel Program makes grants to businesses to help offset the cost of replacing certain diesel equipment with all-electric or hybrid-electric equivalents. Examples include: 
    • electric and hybrid-electric bucket trucks
    • electric construction equipment, including material handlers, mini-excavators and backhoes
    • electric lawn mowers
    • electric tractors
    • associated electrical infrastructure
    • idle reduction technologies

SAGE Rebates and Free Products:

Free Products:

Review the list of free products below and fill out this form to receive your free products

Note: There are limited quantities of free products. Products are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rebates

Review the list of rebates below and contact SAGE about your desired rebates. SAGE will confirm eligibility and funding availability. See below for rebate rules and process.

Rules:

Process: 

  1. Business identified desired products and associated rebates 

  2. Business confirms product and rebate eligibility with SAGE before purchasing by emailing sage@cityofwestminster.us

    • Rebates and free products are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and have limited availability

  3. Business purchases products and saves receipts 

  4. Reimbursement:

    • Business registers on Green Business Tracker and fills out profile and check-lists

    • If necessary, business provides licensing and Colorado Secretary of State registration information to the City for rebate processing

    • Rebate funds processed and sent to business

 

Type

Product

City Incentive

Cap Per Business/Year

Energy

Xcel qualified products: Lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, motors, pumps, fans, etc. This includes LED lighting upgrades for parking lots.

Eligibility: Business must complete a FREE Xcel Energy “Small Business Energy Solutions” audit or Parking Lot lighting assessment within past 3 years.

Up to $1,500

Xcel + City Rebates:

Up to 75% of cost

 

Building Operator Certification

Up to $500

1 training

 

LED Exit Signs

FREE product

Up to 3 signs

 

Smart Power Strips

FREE product

Up to 5 strips

 

Occupancy Sensors

FREE product

Up to 5 sensors

 

 

 

 

Water

Toilet/Urinal (WATERSENSE Certified)

Up to $250

1 rebate

 

Boss Defrost

Up to $250. Limited quantities of FREE product available

1 rebate

 

Pre-Rinse Spray Valve

FREE product

Up to 3 valves

 

Sink/faucet aerator

FREE product

Up to 10 aerators

 

Smart Irrigation controller

Up to $500

Up to 75% cost

Transportation

Transit Passes/RTD Eco-pass

Up to $250

1 rebate

 

EV Charging Station: Public level 1-3 charger 

Up to $1,500

Up to 75% of the cost (including the Charge Ahead Colorado Grant); 1 rebate

Waste

2-3 bin waste collection system (i.e. trash and/or recycling and compost collection bins)

Up to $250

1 rebate 

 

Compostable and/or recyclable take-out containers, utensils, napkins, cups, and other food reciprocals, 

Up to $250

1 rebate

 

Enrollment in a new recycling and/or compost service

Up to $250

1 rebate

Custom

Custom project with eligibility confirmed by SAGE

Up to $1,500

Up to 75% of cost

Additional Funding Opportunities


Low Interest Loans: Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Program Colorado Pace Logo

C-PACE enables owners of eligible commercial and industrial buildings to finance up to 100% of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation eligible improvements. Financing is provided at competitive rates with repayment terms up to 20 years. By enrolling in C-PACE you will have no upfront costs while enjoying positive cash flow.

Get started by checking out the C-PACE website or contact a SAGE advisor. 


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City of Westminter Grants

  • SAGE Accelerator Grant Program: provides one-time, project related, financial assistance on a reimbursement basis, of sustainability upgrades and services, that facilitate cost reductions and support resource conservation and environmentally friendly business operations.
  • Capital Improvements Grant Programthe program is designed to help small businesses with reimbursement of 10% of eligible capital project expenses up to $50,000, with a maximum grant award of $5,000.

Grant Databases:

CONTACT SAGESAGE Long Logo

Email sage@cityofwestminser.us or call 303-658-2662 to set up an advising session and for any questions and comments.