The Boulder Energy Challenge was launched to solicit innovative solutions from the Colorado community for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the city. Boulder launched the program that is funded by the Climate Action Plan tax and will make about $300,000 available to 5 to 10 projects in 2014.
Grants in the first annual cycle will range from $10,000 to $100,000 and primarily focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy systems.
The Boulder Energy Challenge will support the development and commercialization of emission reduction technology and strategies that lead to private sector adoption, as well as promote the emerging low-carbon innovation sector, according to the city. Boulder says these objectives reflect the value in pairing public sector programs and services with market-driven efforts to achieve its climate commitment goals.
Businesses, nonprofits, academic institutions or individuals with the following types of projects may apply:
- Pilot projects
- Concept feasibility/demonstration
- New product/service development
- Education and behavior change
- Other innovative projects to significantly reduce emissions
Proposals will be evaluated by city staff and community experts based on the ability of the project to meet the program objectives and the project’s feasibility. Evaluators also will consider more specific aspects of each project, such as potential energy use reductions or renewable energy creation, degree of innovation, scalability and team qualifications.
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