Solar energy makes sense for Garfield County homeowners
Solar equipment prices have dropped 80-90% in the past decade. Many homeowners across the U.S. are choosing solar energy as a way to establish energy independence and increase their property value. Pairing a solar system with on-site storage (battery backup) provides extra resilience, both for the individual business and for the electricity grid.
Garfield Clean Energy’s free renewable energy consulting can help you understand the best options for using solar energy to power your residential property. We can:
- Provide telephone consulting to explain and evaluate on-site and off-site options.
- Review solar contractor bids.
- Advise on economic incentives and financing options.
CLEER manages the programs and services of Garfield Clean Energy.
Solar is affordable
Thanks to tax credits, utility rebates and current low interest rates, many homeowners will find that they actually save money on their monthly bills, while gaining energy independence.
Federal Tax Credit: Great news! The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 increases and extends the Residential Clean Energy Tax Credit for solar, wind, geothermal and battery storage:
- Projects initiated before the end of 2022: 26% federal tax credit
- Projects initiated on or after Jan. 1, 2023: 30% federal tax credit
Utility Incentives: Offered by electric utilities serving Garfield County. See below.
CORE Rebates: Unfortunately, CORE has discontinued its rebate program in Garfield County.
- Many solar installation companies partner with financial institutions to offer lease and loan programs.
- Colorado’s RENU program offers loans for renewable energy installations (and for energy and water efficiency upgrades). Learn more here.
Utility programs for residential customers in Garfield County
Holy Cross Energy
Holy Cross Energy offers rebates for on-site systems and a program to purchase off-site renewable energy.
Rebates are based on system size:
- Systems up to 6 kW: $250 per kW
- Systems 6-25 kW: $100 per kW
In addition, Holy Cross provides incentives for on-site battery storage of $250 per kW, up to 25 kW – $500/kW if you enroll in their Distribution Flexibility Program.
This new program for 2023-24 will provide 90 income-qualified customers access to locally produced solar power while reducing their electric bills by up to 50%. Participants will be selected by lottery; the deadline to apply is Nov. 30. More information here.
Buy some or all of your electricity from a community solar garden through Holy Cross's PuRE (Powered by 100% Renewable Energy) program. The utility charges a small premium on your monthly bill for the portion of clean energy produced by solar, wind and hydro projects that are tied to the Holy Cross electrical grid.
Xcel Energy offers four options for residential customers, but only the first is for on-site systems (i.e., rooftop solar); the other three enable customers to buy into renewable energy elsewhere.
Solar*Rewards for on-site solar installations
Participating households with solar systems can receive payment for the excess electricity they send back to the grid or they can "bank" it for use in future months. Click here for program details and current renewable energy credit amounts.
A voluntary program to purchase solar energy from a community solar garden. This typically entails getting on a waitlist. Learn more here.
Power your home with a mix of off-site solar and wind power. This program is fully subscribed but you can get on the waitlist for new projects. Click here for info.
Xcel Energy Windsource
Windsource is a voluntary program for Xcel Energy electric customers to purchase portions or all of their electricity from wind turbines operating in New Mexico. Learn more here.
Glenwood Springs Electric
Glenwood Springs Electric has discontinued its solar rebate program as of January 2022.