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Data Current Through:
Q4 2018
Solar Installed (MW):
1,184.41
National Ranking:
12th (11th in 2018)
Enough Solar Installed to Power:
241,244 homes
Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar:
2.96%
Solar Jobs:
6,847
Solar Companies in State:
463 (49 Manufacturers, 231 Installers/Developers, 183 Others)
Total Solar Investment in State:
$3.18 billion
Prices have fallen
47% over the last 5 years
Growth Projection and Ranking:
2,380 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 9th)
Number Of Installations:
53,075

Colorado, with over 300 sunny days per year, has tremendous solar potential and was one of the first states in the U.S. to have a Renewable Energy Standard. There are multiple solar programs in Colorado for rooftop solar, community solar and utility-scale solar. SEIA is engaged in legislative and regulatory discussions to encourage renewable energy growth and deployment.

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SEIA Colorado State Policy Priorities

  • Advocating for regulatory revisions of Distribution System Planning, Interconnection rules, Qualifying Facilities, Renewable Energy Standard and Energy Resource Procurement
  • Lobbying for clean energy legislation, including an RPS increase and expected Community Solar gardens

For more information on SEIA's work in Colorado, please contact Sara Birmingham

Notable Solar Installations in Colorado

  • Comanche Solar was completed in 2016. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 120 MW of electricity -- enough to power over 24,082 Colorado homes.6
  • Several large retailers in Colorado have gone solar including Albertsons, General Growth Properties and IKEA. IKEA has installed one of the largest such installations with 1 MW of solar capacity at their location in Centennial.6
  • At 50 MW, Hooper Solar Project in San Luis Valley is among the largest solar installations in Colorado. This project has enough electric capacity to power more than 10,034 homes.7

Check out our Major Solar Projects List for more notable installations.

Solar Companies in Colorado

Looking for a local installer? Use SolarReviews to get company reviews and estimates for solar in your area. You can also view the average costs for installing solar in Colorado, based on real price data from installed systems and solar quotes.

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Colorado State Solar Policy Resources

Official SEIA State Affiliate - Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA)

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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