Colorado ranks #15 in America for savings from installing solar panels on your home
Solar power in Colorado
Colorado has had a good overall package of solar incentives for some years now. Not much has changed lately, except perhaps the targets set for renewable energy are getting closer to being met.
While they have a good RPS (Renewables Portfolio Standard) of 30% by 2020 the Xcel solar carve out program is limited in its yearly availability.
You need to apply to be in this program prior to the construction of any new PV Solar Power System.
Conditions apply, your local Solar Pro's know what's going on.
The 30% federal tax credit has been extended and is a significant incentive for many people to go down the solar path. Combine that with Net Metering and you have a good foundation to incentivise people to get solar power.
You should be able to buy good quality solar power systems from reputable installers in the range of $3.20 to $3.50 per watt, before incentives and fully installed.
At this sort of price level you are talking about a payback period of 10 years or less and an internal rate of return on investment of over 10%.
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Colorado solar power facts
Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2018
Price shown before incentives
11 Years 6 Months
Average payback time
Average lifetime savings
Price shown after repayments of capital
levelized cost of solar energy
If you don't get solar
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years
Annual power production
Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 3.58kW system
This 3.58kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in Colorado is $54, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.
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How much do solar panels cost in Colorado
$3.66 per watt
Cash purchased solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit
$4.08 per watt
Financed solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit
Av. 15 year term, 2.5% price escalator
What are the pros and cons of buying solar panels for your home in Colorado
In addition CO also has above average power prices meaning overall the return on investment for an installation of residential solar panels comes in at around 9 years, this will vary from person to person somewhat.
The disadvantage of installing solar panels for your home in Colorado is that the available incenives are dwindling as Colorado gets closer to it's 30% Renebable Energy Target. If you own a home in Colorado you will be kicking yourself in a few years if you didn't install solar panels while these great incentives are still around.
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Best brands of solar panels
To find the best brands of solar panels you can use America's most trusted solar panel comparison and reviews website, SolarReviews.
However, reviews of solar panels can be a bit meaningless because most consumer owners have not had any issues and so whilst solar company reviews are very important when choosing solar installers they are of less use when choosing solar panels.
For more information to help you make an informed decision about this topic, I would recommend this article about buying solar panels.
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How much electricity will solar panels produce in Colorado
Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.
Around the Denver area solar panels installed on a south facing 27 degree pitch roof will typically produce:
1,150kWh per year per 1kw of peak DC (direct current) capacity
For more information about how your location, roof direction and roof tilt affects solar power production use the solar panels calculator and enter your zipcode below.
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What rebates, solar tax credits and other solar incentives are available in Colorado
The solar carve out and Colorado SREC's
Colorado has a Renewable Energy target that is referred to as the Renewable Energy Standard has mandated that utilities operating in the state are to source a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable sources.
Colorado have been doing this well for some time now. Having adopted a very ambitious Renewable Energy Target of 30% by 2020.
This program run by Xcel has proven very popular over the last few years, problem with that is there are only a limited number of places available each year on this program.
It works out that there is a value placed on every Kilowatt Hour (kWh), about $ 0.02 still it's better than nothin, more info in the link or talk to a local solar pro.
Net Metering in Colorado
Many people don't understand the importance of net metering policy to the residential solar industry. Solar by its nature generates most power during the middle of the day when most people are at work or school and little power is being used in the home.
Net metering means that for every unit of surplus solar generation (kWh) during the day you effectively get a credit for a kilowatt hour (kWh) of power purchased from the grid at another time.
This gives you as an owner of a residential solar system the full retail value of every kWh (kilowatt hour) of power your solar system generates.
Colorado's net metering system allows a carryover of any unused solar credits.
So if you have generated surplus kWh (kilowatt hours) they will turn into $$ at the end of each 12 monthly cycle.
This is a great incentive, may it last an eternity.
If you don't think net metering will last an eternity, better contact a local solar pro.
Colorado Interconnection guidelines
Connecting solar to the various different utilities in Colorado has recently become easier with the release of standard state wide interconnection guidelines that all utilities must follow.
Basically folk's any residential solar system up to 10 kW in size has a standard simplified set of interconnection rules that must be followed.
You can have a larger system but a non standard interconnection agreement may be required.
Colorado Sales Tax Exemption
There is no Sales Tax on Solar PV systems in Colorado, nice one Colorado.
Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in Colorado we have a solar calculator that can show you exactly the information your require.
You can either use our full monty solar calculator that shows you everything you could possibly want to know or you can use one of our range of smaller calculators for specific solar calculations that focus on providing you only with the specific information you require.
What you can find out about installing solar panels in Colorado using our full monty solar calculator
This solar calculator requires you to input your address, utility company, your average monthly power spend - It tells you:
- What size solar system do you need?
Answers the question of How many solar panels do I need?
- How many square feet of roof space you need for solar panels
- Solar electricity production in annual kWh (kilowatt hours) you can expect from your solar system in Colorado
- The value of solar tax credits and other incentives you are entitled to based on the estimated size of system you need, your location and your utility provider.
- Likely cost based on an average of prices charged for solar systems of that size in the last year in Colorado or Denver ;
- The likely payback period on your solar panels and your investment return.
- Your total lifetime solar savings based on each of the major solar finance options, a cash purchase, a cash purchase funded with a HELOC sol (home equity line of credit) and a zero down PPA or third party lease product.
If you want to see all of the above but also see live pricing, the three best solar deals available in your city and get binding quotes from each of these solar companies then use this solar panels calculator. This calculator requires you to also input your name and contact details because most of our 200+ installer partners will only authorize the sharing of their live solar pricing where we have validated that you are a real homeowner with a home in their service area. We respect the privacy of your data and only share your contact details with the solar companies you ask us to get binding quotes from.
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Going solar in Colorado
Check out all of the ways energy providers of Colorado can help you be more energy efficient and save money.
The following programs are available:
|Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit||Federal||Personal Tax Credit|
|Holy Cross Energy - Renewable Energy Rebate Program. $ per watt varies by system size. We have adopted the rate for 6-12 kw being $0.50 per watt in this calculator||Utility||Rebate Program|
|Colorado Springs Utilities - Renewable Energy Rebate Program||Utility||Rebate Program|
|Black Hills Energy - Solar Power Program (production incentive of $0.05 per kwh above retail value for 10 years)||Utility||Performance-Based Incentive|
|San Miguel Power Association - Renewable Energy Rebate Program||Utility||Rebate Program|
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Your city may have further incentives to offer. Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.