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The Colorado power market, while friendly to solar, is driven primarily by utility incentive programs. Many utilities in the state have frozen their programs, which has detrimentally impacted solar’s growth in the state. SEIA is fighting challenges to net-metering and the state’s renewable energy standard.

Facts on the Colorado Solar Industry

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  • There are currently more than 327 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Colorado, employing 3,600.
  • In 2013, Colorado installed 56 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 10th nationally.
  • The 331 MW of solar energy currently installed in Colorado ranks the state 8th in the country in installed solar capacity.  There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 59,600 homes.
  • In 2013, $233 million was invested in Colorado to install solar on homes and businesses.
  • Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Colorado have fallen by 10% in the last year.  National prices have also dropped steadily— by 12% from last year and 31% from 2010.

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SEIA Colorado State Policy Priorities

  • Defend the Colorado Renewable Portfolio Standard.
  • Support policies that to promote fair solar access, including permitting, interconnection and tax assessment.
  • Support policies to encourage Solar Heating and Cooling technologies.
  • Ensure transparency in and maximum opportunity within the Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Program .
  • Ensure future access to net metering for solar customers.

Notable Solar Installations in Colorado

  • San Luis Valley Solar Ranch in Alamosa County was completed in 2011 by developer Iberdrola.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 30 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 5,400 Colorado homes.
  • At 30 MW, Alamosa Solar Generating Project is among the largest solar installations in Colorado.  Completed in 2012 by Cogentrix, this concentrating photovoltaics project has enough electric capacity to power more than 5,400 homes.

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Solar Companies in Colorado

  • There are currently more than 327 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Colorado.  These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels.  These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 32 manufacturers, 14 manufacturing facilities, 184 contractor/installers, 24 project developers, 23 distributors and 64 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.

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Colorado State Solar Policy Resources

Colorado State Energy Office – Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics

Colorado State Legislature – Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Colorado

Colorado Public Utilities Commisssion –  Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of California public utilities

DSIRE Incentives Database - Colorado – Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Colorado and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration - Colorado State Profile – Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government

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For more information about SEIA’s activities in Colorado, send an email to our state affairs team and we will respond as promptly as possible.

You can also contact our state chapter, CoSEIA, for more information on Colorado solar policy.

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