Second Solar Co-op Launches for Denver Residents and Small Businesses
Published on October 07, 2020
The City and County of Denver has partnered with the nonprofit organization Solar United Neighbors (SUN) to launch the second Denver Solar Co-op to help residents and small businesses in Denver go solar.
The Co-op is free to join and there is no obligation to move forward with an installation. Co-op members take advantage of the group’s bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and a quality installation. Storage and electric vehicle charging options will also be available.
“We’re excited to launch the second Denver Solar Co-op, partnering with the City and County of Denver,” said Bryce Carter, Colorado program director for SUN. “We’ve facilitated five solar co-ops throughout Colorado since launching our program last year, and we’ve helped 150 families and businesses build 1 megawatt of solar capacity and invest $2.6 million into our local communities. We’re proud to continue to grow our impact in Denver with tangible benefits helping transform our electricity system into one that is cleaner, fairer, and shares its benefits more broadly.”
Those who don’t own their home, don’t have a well-suited location, or don’t want solar on their property may take advantage of Denver’s Renewable Denver community solar program. Starting in 2021, this program will support up to 1,000 households. Income-qualified residents can save 10 percent or more on their monthly electricity bills by participating in the program.
“Denver is committed to a rapid and equitable transition to a 100% renewable electricity system, focusing on local clean energy infrastructure and expanding economic and environmental benefits to more members of our community,” said Grace Rink, executive director of the Denver Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency. “We are excited to partner with SUN to promote opportunities for our residents to go solar, whether through rooftop solar installations or participation in Denver's upcoming community solar program."
SUN provides unbiased, installer-neutral support and facilitates an open, competitive bidding process. Co-op members select a single solar company to complete all the installations. Each member receives a personalized proposal at the group rate and decides whether to proceed with installation.
“I was curious about installing solar panels on my Denver home last year,” said Stacey Decker, member of SUN’s first Denver solar co-op. “When I saw that the solar co-op would give me access to free, vendor-neutral information and guidance throughout the process, I signed up right away. Since going solar we're saving money each month and reducing our carbon footprint – a real win-win!”
The Co-op is open to residents and small businesses within the City and County of Denver. Individuals interested in going solar through the co-op can view the orientation video or sign up for the next information session at solarunitedneighbors.org/denver.
Information sessions are planned for:
Partners of the Denver Solar Co-op include the Denver Office of Climate Action, Sustainability & Resiliency, Alpine Bank, Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Vote Solar, Physicians for Social Responsibility - Colorado, New Energy Colorado, and the Northside Sustainability Alliance.
About Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency
Mayor Michael Hancock and the Denver City Council created the Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency to manage the City's ambitious emission reduction goals and sustainability programs in collaboration with fellow departments, other units of government, and community partners. The office ensures that the City's targets are aligned with current climate science, promotes the role that climate action and sustainability play in strengthening Denver's economic vitality and a prosperous future for all residents and businesses, and embraces equity as a value and practice in all of its work.