Aurora, Colorado goes solar with SunPower®
The dawn of solar energy is breaking in Aurora
The state of solar in Aurora
Aurora enjoys sunshine most of the year—243 days annually on average.*Best Places. Climate in Aurora, CO. April 2021. It’s no surprise then that 89% of the city’s rooftops are solar viable.*Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018). The City of Aurora has worked towards sustainability for over 20 years, setting modest, obtainable goals. They currently aim to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions 10% below 2007’s levels by 2025.
How much solar energy does Aurora produce?
While no statistics regarding the city's total solar capacity are available, the city issued 7,845 solar permits between 2010 and 2020 alone. Permit issuance has increased steadily since the city began mapping installations in 2006. That year, the city issued a single permit. In 2020, it issued 1,459.
Aurora continues striving to provide clean energy opportunities for all of its residents, installing solar arrays through the city, including at the city recreation centers, two fire stations, the Municipal Justice Center, Sand Creek Reuse Facility, and South Satellite Facilities.
What are the advantages of going solar in Aurora
While electricity rates in Aurora are currently just below both the state and national average, they are on the rise. The average Xcel Energy residential customer will see a rate increase of around 6.65% starting July 2021.*Xcel Energy. IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT YOUR 2021 ELECTRIC SERVICE AND PRICES. November 2019.
However, even at the current rates, a 5 kW solar PV system in Aurora can offer electricity savings of upwards of $16,000 over 20 years and may pay for itself within 11-12 years.*Energy Sage. Solar Panels in Aurora, CO. April 2021. The potential monetary benefits of going solar are a major draw for many homeowners, but there are other reasons to make the switch.
You'll achieve better grid independence, too, ensuring in the event of a power outage, your lights will stay on. Then, there's the environmental impact to consider. Solar power is carbon neutral and an effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community.
How much does solar cost in Aurora?
The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same city, due to a range of factors, such as:
Angle of the roof
Household’s energy needs
Quality of solar panels
To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes, as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources for thousands of homeowners across the country.*Energy Sage 2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
In Aurora, we found that the average cost of purchasing a 5 kW solar system ranges from $12,050 to $15,950, or in other words, from $2.41 to $3.19 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.
Colorado offers a statewide net metering program to help offset the costs of going solar.*The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information. If your solar system generates more power than you can use in a day, you can transfer the excess back to the grid in exchange for a credit on your account. That way, instead of paying for electricity on overcast or stormy days, you can use your credits to power your home.
You also may be able to take advantage of the 26% federal tax credit. This credit applies to installation, equipment, and permitting costs!*Tax credits subject to change. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
What’s the best way to go solar in Aurora?
Efficient solar systems are not a one-size-fits-all product. Purchasing an effective solar system requires careful consideration with a knowledgeable solar provider. Your solar provider can guide you towards a solar system that is the right size, look, and energy output for your home or business.
With a provider’s professional assistance, you can calculate your energy needs, the size and shape of your roof, and your budget. You can also choose whether you want to add battery storage to the solar system. You should receive a detailed price quote, a thorough look at your potential energy cost savings, and a customized solar system design.
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