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Solar in Denver: For the Home
 

Take the First Step

If you're considering solar, the wide variety of solar options in Denver makes it easy to find the right choice. How much do solar panels cost in Denver?

Resources & Tips

Taking steps to reduce your energy use before adding solar can save money on energy costs, and could mean fewer solar panels are needed on your property. The City offers resources to help you save energy:

This type of solar installation involves placing panels on a roof. Fortunately, there are many options when it comes to system types and sizes. It’s important to consider all options and terms so that the system you select is the best choice for you and your building.

Things to consider about rooftop solar:

  • Is your roof in good condition?
  • How much viable roof space do you have, and is it enough to cover your solar needs? Explore the EnergySage solar calculator to find out.
  • Do you own or are you planning to purchase an electric vehicle?
  • Is your home located in a historic district? Visit the Landmark Design Guidelines page to learn more.
  • Should you pay cash, lease or finance your panels? EnergySage can help you weigh the pros and cons.
  • Are there existing trees that may prevent solar generation? If tree removal is necessary, check with the Denver Office of the Forester to determine approvals at forestry@denvergov.org.
  • Interested in joining together with other Denver homeowners to go solar? Find out how you can work as a group to get discounted pricing and a quality installation with the Denver Solar Co-op.
  • Additional considerations from Xcel Energy.

Also known as a solar garden, community solar allows multiple residents to purchase power from a portion of a large solar array, which then results in a credit on each participating property's electric bill.  

Community solar also allows renters and properties without suitable roof space to have access to clean energy without having to install panels of their own. 

Renewable Denver Initiative:  Denver's initiative will equitably accelerate Denver towards its goal of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 by hosting low-cost community solar gardens across municipal properties. Full press release.

 

First things first, be sure that your contractor is licensed to work within the City & County of Denver and pulling appropriate permits for your projects.

  • EnergySage Solar Portal
  • Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association Directory with Installers List
  • GRID Alternatives: Rooftop, community, and multi-family solar installers for income-qualified households and affordable providers throughout the state.
  • Word of Mouth: Talk with neighbors about their experiences and which installers they worked with.

Obtaining 2-3 quotes is recommended when it comes to installing solar panels. Installers will provide free estimates, and having multiple quotes gives you the power to understand your options and make the best decision for your home. 

Permit process for a residential solar system or solar hot water heater (single-family and duplex homes).

 

Solar United Neighbors

Go solar as a group and save

The City and County of Denver partnered with Solar United Neighbors of Colorado to launch the Denver Solar Co-op. Solar United Neighbors provides unbiased, installer-neutral support through each stage of the process of going solar. Their experienced team ensures you understand how solar works, how it can be financed, and how it can be installed on your home.

Co-ops take advantage of the group’s bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and a quality installation. Co-op volunteers choose an installer on behalf of the entire group through an open and competitive bidding process. The selected installer provides everyone in the group with a personalized proposal for their consideration.


Renewable Denver Initiative

Subscribe to a locally hosted community solar garden

The City and County of Denver will host up to 15MW of community solar gardens on municipal rooftops, over parking lots, and vacant land. The projects will be distributed across Denver’s city council districts and be built with local labor. The power will be shared between City facilities and local residents and business. At least 10% of the power will be used to help low- and moderate-income residents save on bills. 

The community solar program will advance Denver’s commitment to reaching a clean electricity system in Colorado and expands the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy to more members of our community. The Renewable Denver Initiative is supported by a $1,000,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. 

Sign up to learn more about how you can participate in Denver’s energy transition.


Compare Solar Quotes

Easily explore your solar options today

The City and County of Denver partnered with EnergySage to help consumers find residential and commercial solar options. This free portal provides an easy way to assess a property’s solar capacity, get an instant estimate on solar-related energy savings, and get quotes from local, vetted installers. Advisors are available via phone, email or chat to help you to sift through quotes and answer questions. This platform was developed with the support of the US Department of Energy. 

Want to learn more about EnergySage? Watch this 1-minute video.

Disclaimer: The City and County of Denver do not endorse one company over another. Confirm that your installer is licensed with the City and County of Denver by checking their electrical license  

 

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