BOULDER - The city of Boulder has launched a grant program designed to solicit innovative solutions through public-private partnerships to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Boulder.

The Boulder Energy Challenge is funded by the Climate Action Plan tax and will make approximately $300,000 available to five 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.

Heather Bailey, the city's executive director of energy strategy and electric utility development, said the program illustrates how the city can partner with local entrepreneurs to develop technologies for a clean-energy future.

Through the Boulder Energy Challenge, our community can develop products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and promote local economic vitality. We hope to see these product innovations eventually exported beyond the city," Bailey said.

The grants are available to businesses, nonprofits, academic institutions and individuals.

Types of projects that will be considered are pilot projects, concept feasibility/demonstrations, new product/service development, education and behavior change, and any other innovative projects that could significantly reduce emissions.

Application materials are available at www.BoulderEnergyChallenge.com. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, June 27. The city is requesting that an intent to apply form be completed by May 30.

Proposals will be evaluated by a team of city staff and community experts based on two main criteria: 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.

A community showcase event featuring the finalists will be held in late July to gather public input on the proposed projects. The city expects to make awards in early August following the showcase event.