In April, Denver ranked 9th nationwide for solar energy capacity (per capita), landing it among the nation’s leaders for installing clean energy according to the sixth edition of Shining Cities: the Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, released today by Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center. Full press release here
In July, Denver partnered with Solar United Neighbors of Colorado to launch the Denver Solar Co-op. The Co-op model guides homeowners through the entire process of going solar and takes advantage of the group’s bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and quality installations.
In February, Denver and Xcel Energy established the Energy Futures Collaboration in order to accelerate progress on climate and energy goals. In July the City announced its 80x50 Climate Action Plan with ambitious goals including 100% renewable electricity for municipal facilities by 2025 and citywide by 2030. Xcel Energy’s new Renewable Connect program with local solar became available and the City subscribed.
Denver continues to see the rewards of its involvement in the 2016 Global Settlement Agreement with Xcel Energy and multiple other parties. Denver’s advocacy for an expansion of renewable programs including the first of its kind, stand-alone offering for 100% dedicated Low-Income Community Solar Gardens has helped Denver residents and businesses sign up for more renewable electricity than at any other time.
In November, Mayor Hancock Received “Public Official of the Year” Award from the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association during the Clean Energy Business Buyers Summit.
In 2016, Denver began preparations for the 2017 Solar Decathlon and supported Xcel Energy efforts to begin testing solar-powered battery storage. Denver became a party to a Global Settlement Agreement with Xcel Energy and multiple other parties enabling a clear future for renewable projects in Xcel Energy's service territory.
An innovative Solar Group Buy program gave Denver and Boulder residents expanded solar and electric vehicle purchasing opportunities.
Denver earns praise in Environment America's "Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution" report.
To make solar energy available to everyone, including people who don’t own their own homes, Denver partnered with private developers to open the city’s first community-owned solar array at Hangar #2 in Lowry.
Denver became a leader in reducing the cost and delay of obtaining permits to install solar power systems on private homes and was named the country's first Solar Friendly Community. Also in 2012, the city hosted the World Renewable Energy Forum.
Denver International Airport commits to sustainability by installing its first solar array.
The Colorado Convention Center gets greener with the addition of new solar panels, while the opening of a new solar production facility adds 300 new green jobs to the community. In 2009, Denver also hosted President Barack Obama's signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which emphasizes alternative energy sources.
Denver earns Solar America City designation by the U.S. Department of Energy
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