Solar in Denver, CO
Denver, CO is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Colorado and is the sixth most populated city in the United States. Denver is home to 600,158 people according to the official 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data and is the anchor of the Denver metropolitan area, the 16th largest metro area by population in the United States with more than 3.1 million people.
As the largest city in the state of Colorado, Denver is leading the state in transitioning its current fossil fuel based power sources to clean, renewable energy sources. Currently, the majority of Denver and Colorado’s power comes from burning coal, which can result in not only higher, more variable utility rates but also harm the environment. However, Denver is beginning to make a substantial push for more solar in Colorado. For example, the Denver Public School district is in the process of putting solar panels on 28 of the districts schools resulting in about $500,000 in savings over 20 years. In addition, Main Street Power (a local solar company, has also developed a solar curriculum for the schools as well, providing students with information on solar power and new technologies. By making a push towards solar in Colorado, residents are taking a big step towards reducing their dependence on fossil fuels, preserving the Colorado environment and teaching future generations about renewable energy.
In addition, Denver was included one of the “Solar America Cities” by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Through its Solar Cities Partnership, Denver will create a solar market implementation plan. The plan will identify the most appropriate role for municipal governments to expand solar technology market penetration in the residential, commercial, and government sectors. The Cities of Aurora and Boulder and Boulder County join Denver in this Partnership. Each will play a distinct role in breaking down solar market barriers in the following ways:
- Creation of a municipal solar fund to reimburse initial costs. Property owners would repay installation and debt service through a property tax assessment.
- Evaluate the nearly 300 city-owned and operated buildings to identify facilities for future municipal solar installations.
- Provide education and outreach to the Denver community through public outreach events, publications, and tours to increase solar awareness; information dissemination on solar rebates and other financing mechanisms; and support of Denver’s neighborhood-based Residential Climate Challenge.
- Plan new training and job opportunities for Metro Denver residents in the solar energy industry to meet the expected increase in demand.
For Denver residents who want to save money and help promote a cleaner Colorado by investing in home solar power, generous solar rebates and solar financing options currently exist through federal and state governments and local utilities. Denver residents that take advantages of these rebates and install solar panels can cut their bills by approximately 20-40%. So if you live in Denver and are paying too much in electricity, let us help you find a solar installer near your neighborhood.