While the claim that Colorado gets over 300 days of sunshine may be somewhat exaggerated, there is no denying we get plenty of it. Coloradans could meet their energy needs currently and into the future if we could capture just part of the energy hitting our rooftops every day.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado has the potential to produce more than 360 times as much electricity as the state consumes each year through the use of solar photovoltaics and concentrated solar power installations. What used to be the stuff of dreamers and sci-fi is quickly becoming a reality. We are currently on the brink of a new energy paradigm where solar has become so cheap and efficient that it is currently cost competitive with fossil fuels. Nationwide, the price to install photovoltaic systems has come down more than 45% since 2010, and in Colorado the price has dropped more than 18% in the last year.

Colorado is not new to leading when it comes to renewable energy. In 2004 Colorado passed the nation’s first statewide Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard with the goal of using 30% renewable energy by 2020. Part of this standard requires at least 3% to come from distributed generation such as local homeowners using rooftop solar.

If you have been interested in the possibility of getting solar power for your house now is a great time.

To help reach the 3% goal of distributed generation many utilities and municipalities are offering extra incentives that will soon expire. Additionally, until the end of next year, the federal government allows you to deduct 30% of your solar power system costs off your federal taxes through an investment tax credit which results in big savings.

This summer neighboring local governments throughout Adams, Boulder and Denver counties are supporting the growth of rooftop solar by launching a group purchasing program for homeowners. Solar Benefits Colorado pools the power of the community to get more competitive pricing from a pre-selected solar company. A local and experienced solar firm, Sunrun, has been selected for the program through a competitive bidding process and is offering discounted pricing to residents. This opportunity runs for a limited time (August 24 – October 31), so sign up to receive a no-cost, no-obligation site evaluation and learn how you can save on your utility bill for years to come by plugging into the sun.image001

To sign up or learn more visit: http://www.mygroupenergy.com/group/colorado