Renewable and Clean Energy Challenge

The $12,000,000 Renewable and Clean Energy Challenge was launched in 2019 by DOLA to help spark efforts to reach Colorado’s 2040 100% renewable energy goal.

$2 million has been set aside for planning efforts with $10 million allocated for implementation projects. Projects funded by this initiative should achieve renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy conservation efforts, support innovations in renewable energy, achieve multiple objectives and/or serve those with the greatest need, develop plans, studies, and policies that further long-term, large-scale renewable energy generation and energy conservation. Projects considered for funding were those that responded to needs and opportunities as identified by the local government.

Renewable and Clean Energy Challenge Planning Grant Awards

Eleven Planning projects for $1.175.456 were awarded in October 2019. These projects are under contract with the respective grantees who are beginning to implement the work in their respective communities. A list of the October 2019 Renewable and Clean Energy Challenge Planning Awards is here.

Renewable and Clean Energy Challenge Implementation Grant Awards

Seven implementation projects for $4,416,704 were awarded on April 3, 2019. Communities awarded these funds will come under contract with DOLA soon and then they will begin their implementation efforts. Communities including Grand Junction, San Miguel County, Fort Collins, the City & County of Denver and others were funded in this Challenge. A full list of the March 2020 Renewable and Clean Energy Challenge Implementation Grant Awards is here.

Additional Application Cycle?

While there are funds remaining in this set aside, no decision on an additional Renewable and Clean Energy Challenge application cycle has been made at this time. Any notice of a new application cycle will be widely disseminated once a decision has been made.

$2 million has been set aside for planning efforts, the remaining $10 million will be allocated for implementation. Projects funded by this initiative should achieve renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy conservation efforts, support innovations in renewable energy, achieve multiple objectives and/or serve those with the greatest need, develop plans, studies, and policies that further long-term, large-scale renewable energy generation and energy conservation. Projects considered will be those that respond to needs and opportunities identified by the local government.

Renewable Policies