The 26% Federal Tax Credit is available to all taxpayers who choose to go solar. For additional savings, local incentives provided by your state and utility can help reduce the cost of going solar.
Colorado Solar Incentives
In addition to the 26% Federal Tax Credit, solar incentives available to Colorado Springs residents can greatly reduce the cost of going green.
Business and residential customers of Colorado Springs Utilities are eligible for a $0.20 per watt rebate when they go solar.
How it works: CSU’s Renewable Energy Program for Photovoltaics (PV) supports net metering for all customers who choose to go solar. When a PV system interconnects with your building’s new net meter, CSU will send you a check based on your system’s AC size. Homes that use an average 6,375-watt system will receive a check for $1,275 from Colorado Springs Utilities under this rebate.
RPS & REC
In 2004, Colorado became the first state to establish a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), requiring utility companies to generate or purchase a percentage of their energy from renewable, distributed sources. From 2007 – 2010, the RPS requirement was increased from 10% to 30% by 2020. In future years, this percentage is likely to increase due to environmental benefits of green energy, which means Colorado utilities will continuously support residential and commercial solar. With Colorado’s high RPS requirements and the rising trend of electricity rates (which are likely to increase as fossil fuels become less cost-effective), solar energy is becoming more and more intuitive.
Utility companies meet RPS requirements by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (REC) from distributed sources. Each utility company must generate a certain amount of REC’s per year, but the cost per REC is different for each utility company.
Customers generate renewable energy credits for the amount of power their solar panels produce. 1 REC is equal to 1000 kWh produced. If your utility company has a solar incentive program, they will purchase the RECs that you generate at a contracted price.
Three Ways to Get Started
Three Ways to Get Started
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