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:
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.
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. Here are a few options and considerations:
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.
Permit process for a residential solar system or solar hot water heater (single-family and duplex homes).
Rebates: Xcel Energy offers rebates for solar options at different scales.
Energy Loans and Tax Credit:
The City and County of Denver has partnered with Solar United Neighbors of Colorado to launch the Denver Solar Co-op. Solar United Neighbors brings homeowners together into a group, or co-op. They provide 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.
The City and County of Denver has 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.
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Disclaimer: The City and County of Denver does 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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