September 11, 2021
Acquiring solar panels in Denver is becoming increasingly commonplace. With Colorado enjoying around 300 sunny days per year, the state is now home to many solar power manufacturers, installers, and community organizations looking to help those interested in transitioning to solar power.
Here are some ways Denver is helping local residents acquire solar power.
Solar United Neighbors, a Colorado-based nonprofit, has partnered with Denver’s city and county governments to create the Denver Solar Co-Op. This co-op helps Denver’s local residents and business owners with the installation of their solar panel systems, batteries, and level-2 EV chargers.
Solar United Neighbors is dedicated to providing education, support, and neutral, unbiased guidance for every stage of your solar journey — whether you’re exploring financial options, installation plans, or manufacturers to purchase from. The partnership between Solar United Neighbors and the city of Denver to create the Denver Solar Co-Op was a perfect fit based on similar interests in promoting solar energy throughout the city.
You might wonder what other ways you could benefit by joining a co-op? Co-ops use their group purchasing power to get deals on the price and installation of solar panel systems. They also choose installers based on the input, bidding, and needs of the entire member group. Whichever installer is selected then offers a personalized proposal for each individual member in the group.
Denver Solar Co-Op currently has 147 members and is closed to new admissions at this time, but you can easily join their waitlist here.
The Renewable Denver Initiative plans to create Community Solar Gardens across the city. This project is supported by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), which funded $1 million to the initiative through the Renewable Energy Challenge grant program.
The Renewable Energy Challenge program provides limited grant funding to local projects that support and develop renewable energy infrastructure, especially in areas where clean energy is sparse.
Community Solar Gardens will be scattered and placed on rooftops and parking lots, as well as any suitable vacant land throughout Denver’s city council districts, with plans from the Renewable Denver Initiative to produce a maximum of 15 megawatts (MW).
All generated power from the solar community gardens will be shared between local facilities, residents, and businesses, with at least 10% of the power set aside for low- or moderate-income residents to help them save money on their electricity bills.
This initiative will not only help advance Denver’s standing as a city that values sustainability, but will also move Colorado’s electricity system toward a cleaner way of operating through the help of city residents, while also educating them on the benefits of green energy.
You can join the Renewable Denver Initiative here.
EnergySage and the city and county of Denver have partnered up to help customers find the best commercial and residential solar panel system options to suit their needs.
Using their online portal, developed with the help of the U.S. Department of Energy, you can discover the solar capacity of your property, get an estimate of how much you’d save by going solar, and additionally receive quotes from local, trusted installers.
You can also talk to an advisor via phone or email to chat about specific quotes or questions you might have.
Learn more about EnergySage and their mission by watching this short video.
Freedom Solar serves both Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado in the purchasing, installation, and maintenance of SunPower solar panels. For more information regarding renewable energy or how to get started on your solar energy journey, fill out our online form to begin your free consultation.
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