COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, GOES SOLAR WITH SUNPOWER®
Preserve Colorado Springs’ natural beauty by investing in solar energy
The state of solar in Colorado Springs
With 243 sunny days annually and 88% of the city's rooftops solar-viable,* Colorado Springs has strong solar potential—and the city plans to make use of it. Colorado Springs hopes to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2030 and retire all coal energy generation by 2030.*
How much solar energy does Colorado Springs produce?
As of 2019, 11% of Colorado Springs’ energy generation came from clean energy. The city plans to double that number by 2024.* The city’s electricity utility provider, Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU), currently has 115 MW of installed solar capacity, between five community solar gardens and four solar arrays with more on the way.*
The Pike Solar and Storage project intends to offer 175 MW of solar capacity plus 25 MW of lithium-ion battery storage, pushing CSU’s energy portfolio to 27% clean energy. The project is slated for completion in 2023 and is expected to power 55,000 homes.*
What are the advantages of going solar in Colorado Springs?
Colorado Springs’ natural red-rock mountains and glacier-carved peaks inspire residents to protect and preserve its beauty. Going solar is one way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community that may contribute to climate change.
Solar energy can also offer significant electricity cost savings. A 5 kW solar PV system could lead to savings of up to $17,000 over 20 years and potentially pay for itself within 11 years.* You may even be able to break even on your system earlier with the use of net metering.*
Net metering allows you to send any excess energy your system produces back to the CSU for a credit on your account. These credits can be used to cover any grid usage during times of low production and carry over from month to month if you don’t use them.
How much does solar cost in Colorado Springs?
The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same city, due to a range of factors, such as:
Household’s energy needs
Quality of the 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.*
In Colorado Springs, we found that the average cost of purchasing a 5 kW solar system ranges from $12,000 to $15,900, or in other words, from $2.40 to $3.18 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.
As an incentive to go solar, Colorado residents don’t have to pay sales tax on their solar installation purchases. You may also be eligible for the 26% Federal Solar Tax Incentive and CSU’s 10 cents per watt installation rebate.*
What’s the Best Way to Go Solar in Colorado Springs?
Selecting a high-quality solar system is easy when you have a reputable solar provider on your side. Your solar provider will help you design a system to fit your needs by consulting with you on various relevant factors, such as:
The aesthetics of the system
The system size and number of panels
Your specific energy needs
The size and sloping of your roof
Your budget and potential savings options
You can choose to have peace of mind by adding battery storage to your solar system.. Your solar provider can offer a price quote for your custom solar system design and answer all your questions.
- *. Best Places. Climate in Colorado Springs, Colorado. April 2021.
- *. Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU). Sustainable Energy Plan. April 2021.
- *. KRDO. Big push for more solar energy in Colorado Springs. July 2019.
- *. Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU). Solar Gardens. April 2021.
- *. Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU). Pike Solar Project is one of Colorado's largest battery storage projects. April 2021.
- *. Energy Sage. Solar Panels in Colorado Springs, CO. April 2021.
- *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. A SunPower Dealer can help you determine if you qualify. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
- *. Local Solar Installers 2020/2021, Solar Reviews 2021, Energy Sage 2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
- *. Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU). Solar Energy Program. April 2021. 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.
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