Economic Health

Goal

Improve the economic health of our community by increasing business opportunities focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy and by reducing the energy costs of all Golden businesses.

  • Encourage local businesses to improve their sustainability and profitability by developing their offerings of sustainable products and services and their use of sustainable products, services, and practices.
  • Create/Attract new jobs and businesses in the sustainability sectors.

How is Golden achieving these goals?

City of Golden LED Business Grant Program

LED Light BulbUpgrading to energy-efficient lighting can be the easiest and quickest way to reduce monthly energy bills for any business. However, for busy entrepreneurs, there are many challenges that can delay being able to make decisions about lighting retrofit projects. The recent experiences of several local businesses considering lighting retrofits have shown that when owners are able to first try out LEDs in their store or office, they are more likely to decide to invest in the upgrades. To build on the success of this concept, the City of Golden Community Sustainability Advisory Board is providing grants to eligible businesses who have completed a LED lighting retrofit. A one-time $300 grant is available to City of Golden businesses that retrofit existing non-LED lighting fixtures to the LED technology. Often, the ROI of a complete lighting retrofit is less than one year. Interested businesses in the City of Golden area should download the City of Golden LED Business Grant Application for full details.

Xcel Energy’s Business LED Instant Rebate

Lighting is a major factor in energy use. By increasing lighting efficiency and taking advantage of valuable rebates, you can save money, conserve energy, and improve the quality of lighting at your business. Rebates are available for a wide range of lighting projects and applications.

Xcel Energy customers can receive instant rebates on ENERGY STAR®-qualified, screw-in LED bulbs and LED retrofit fixture screw-in downlights that are purchased from participating distributors. Visit distributor finder (external link) to find a participating distributor located near you.

Xcel’s rebates are being cut significantly as of Nov. 1, so upgrade ASAP to get the best deal.

Learn more by visiting Xcel Lighting Efficiency.

Shop LocalBuy Golden

An easy way to help the economy? Buy local.

Golden citizens can have a direct impact on sustainability by finding goods and services within our community. Check out and use your dollars to support Golden’s economy.

Local Living Economy

The Community Sustainability Advisory Board is embarking on a new effort that ensures that economic power resides locally, sustaining healthy community life and natural life as well as long-term economic viability.

Businesses Go Solar

Solar Panels
  • Pizza by the Sun pdf download – Woody’s Wood-fired Pizza unveils new solar panels.
  • The Golden Hotel pdf download – The first solar-powered hotel in Golden.
  • MIE Properties pdf download – A light industrial complex on West Colfax Avenue hosts the largest solar installation in Golden.
COG Mesa

 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
COG Mesa