While you may think of snow when you think of Colorado, it actually has great potential for solar! The state is ranked ninth best in the United States in regards to total installed solar, putting Colorado Solar right up among the best!
Even though the ‘300 days of sun’ is more myth than reality, major parts of the state usually see around 245 days of great sun. The market and policies are also set up relatively well to provide easy access and incentivize solar on your rooftop (or if you are a renter or don’t have a house well-suited to solar, community renewable energy is prominent here too).
Are you a Colorado resident thinking about rooftop solar? If so, read on!
Solar EV: the first-ever promotion to bundle a solar roof with an electric vehicle by a coalition of municipal governments in Colorado during the last four months of 2015 was a huge success.
The program resulted in a sharp rise in EV purchases as more people were alerted to the powerful carbon-cutting synergistic relationship created by marrying rooftop solar to an EV in the garage. The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) provided support.
We talk often about California, Arizona, and Hawaii as solar leaders, but Colorado is a state that knows clean energy. It ranks sixth for solar, and has plenty of potential to become an even bigger solar hotspot. But what about its unused city space? A report from the Institute of Local Self-Reliance cited that the roofs of municipal buildings could generate thousands of megawatts (MW) of solar power for cities, saving them millions of dollars.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission, in a decision reminiscent of the mythological Zeus’s thunderbolt, said no to Xcel Energy’s proposal to use its Solar Connect program to establish community solar projects.
Community solar, also known as distributed solar, is a program whereby utility company ratepayers can opt into solar power by investing in a “farm” of solar panels (often on public land) which sends electricity back into the grid for common use.Continue reading