This website is archived from a ballot issue campaign in 2008. Visit www.ClimateSmartLoanProgram.org for an update on the program created by this ballot issue.
Program update November 2009:
This year Boulder County launched the nationally groundbreaking ClimateSmart™ Loan program, funding 612 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout Boulder County totaling $9.8 million in the first 6 months of operation. The ClimateSmart Loan Program provides a voluntary mechanism for residential (and soon commercial) property owners to obtain financing for renewable energy and/or energy efficiency improvements to properties in Boulder County. The program is funded through ballot measure 1A passed in November of 2008, when voters gave Boulder County the authority to issue up to a maximum of $40 million in bonds to finance residential and commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. This innovative program is the first countywide financing mechanism for renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States with multi-jurisdictional support from all municipalities in Boulder County. Given that over half of Boulder County’s greenhouse gas emissions come from existing buildings (both homes and businesses), the ClimateSmart Loan Program is an effective voluntary based approach to reducing our overall greenhouse gas emissions—a major goal of the countywide Sustainable Energy Plan. In addition, the ClimateSmart Loan Program does more than just encourage homeowners to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy measures; it also generates green-collar jobs and stimulates the local economy. Find out more about the ClimateSmart Loan Program on Boulder County’s website: ClimateSmartLoanProgram.org
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