The River City heats up with solar energy

The state of solar in Grand Junction

Grand Junction sees an above-average amount of sunshine at 245 days per year.* About 86% of the buildings in the city are also solar viable,* making the area ideal for solar power. Grand Junction has long pursued environmental conservation efforts, from watershed ordinances to solar power installations, and has worked to remove barriers for residents to go solar.

How much solar energy does Grand Junction produce?

Grand Junction has an estimated 712 existing solar installations,* though their exact capacity is unknown. The city has also seen some commercial solar development.

In 2018, Grand Junction was one of six sites along Colorado’s I-70 Corridor to be part of Pivot Energy and Standard Solar’s community solar project. The site has 2 MW of solar capacity. The solar installation powers 75% of Grand Junction’s police station's electricity needs.*

The City of Grand Junction also has several small installations on municipal property, totaling over 315 kW.

What are the advantages of going solar in Grand Junction?

One of the biggest advantages of solar power is its potential to reduce your electricity costs. A 5 kW solar PV system can offer cost savings of up to $17,000 over 20 years and potentially pay for itself within 11 to 12 years.*

Xcel Energy, Grand Junction’s electricity utility provider, also offers a net metering program that may grant even more significant savings.* Net metering allows you to transfer any excess electricity your system produces back to Xcel for a credit on your account. These credits rollover from month to month and can be used to offset any electricity usage from the grid.

There are more reasons to go solar than just potentially saving money, though. You’ll also gain the peace of mind that you’ll still have power if the grid goes down if your solar is paired with battery storage. That’s on top of the environmental benefits. Solar energy is carbon neutral and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community.

How much does solar cost in Grand Junction?

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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

  • Angle of the roof

  • Efficiency of the solar panels

  • Weather

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 Grand Junction, we found that the average cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $13,200 to $16,250, or in other words, from $2.64 to $3.25 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

You may be eligible to take advantage of the 26% federal tax credit. This credit allows you to claim 26% of not just your equipment costs but also installation and permitting costs.* Thanks to Colorado’s sales tax exemption for renewable energy equipment, you also won’t pay sales tax on your solar system purchase. You won’t owe additional tax on the value your system adds to your property, either.

What’s the best way to go solar in Grand Junction?

It is best to work with a knowledgeable solar provider to determine the ideal solar PV system for your roof, your budget, your unique energy needs and to maximize your investment. Your solar provider can walk you through the different solar solutions, such as including battery storage with your solar system.

Your solar provider can also ensure that your solar solution matches your residential or commercial aesthetic without sacrificing the panels’ efficiency. You will receive a detailed price quote, a customizable solar design, and a thorough breakdown of your energy savings, as well.

Get started now by requesting a consultation. We’ll follow up with a quick call to schedule a time. You can also call us directly at (800) 786-7693.

  • *. Best Places. Climate in Grand Junction, Colorado. April 2021.
  • *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. AP NEWS. Western Colorado cities expect big savings from solar power. December 2018.
  • *. Energy Sage. Solar Panels in Grand Junction, CO. April 2021.
  • *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. SunPower Dealers 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
  • *. 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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