Solar is cheaper than ever! In 2020, the Solar Industries Association (SEIA) reported that the price to install solar has reached a historical low, plummeting 70% since 2010. An average-sized residential system has dropped from a pre-incentive price of $40,000 in 2010 to roughly $18,000 today.

Why go solar?

  1. Stability: The price of utility energy changes. Installing solar on your home gives you more control over how much you pay each month.
  2. Finances:  Once your solar setup is paid off, you won’t have to pay extra utility bills–just a low monthly grid connection fee.
  3. Health and Resilience: Instead of relying on your utility’s grid, you’ll provide fossil-free power to your home and reduce air pollution for your whole community.

Go Solar for Less!

Boulder County has partnered with local municipalities and Solar United Neighbors (SUN) to launch our first county-wide solar co-op. The co-op is free to join, and will help residents and small businesses go solar by simplifying the process through group buying.

Co-op members leverage their numbers to purchase top-quality individual solar systems at a competitive price. Membership also includes opportunities to learn more about solar technology, financing, costs, and more.

The Co-op is currently full, but due to significant interest there may be a second round of memberships available in the coming months. Sign up for the waitlist here. 

Get Started

There are so many ways to go solar! Below are two options that Boulder County residents frequently choose.

EnergySage Online Marketplace

EnergySage is an online platform that connects you with vetted local installers–a great option if you don’t know where to start. Their Solar Marketplace allows you to shop with confidence, get the right solutions for you, your home, and your budget. When you sign up, you can expect to:

  • Easily get quotes from multiple prescreened installers
  • Access 20% lower prices (or more) compared to going it alone
  • Receive objective, transparent advice with no pushy sales tactics

EnergySage is now offering a $200 rebate to Boulder County customers that go solar through their services. To learn more, sign up, and qualify for the rebate visit this link (you’ll need this specific page in order to quality).

EnergySmart Contractor List

Boulder County residents can also visit our Find a Contractor page to get a sense of who you may be interested in working with. EnergySmart always recommends getting more than one quote before proceeding with a project. You can also check out Xcel Energy’s tips for selecting solar contractors.

Regardless of which path you choose, low-interest financing is available through the Colorado Clean Energy Fund’s RENU Loan which partners with Elevations Credit Union, Clean Energy Credit Union and Westerra Credit Union.