Colorado Solar Company
REenergizeCO is an energy efficiency Colorado solar energy company that offers professional solar power solutions for residential and commercial applications. Adding solar panels to your home or building can drastically reduce your carbon footprint. In fact, installing solar panels can reduce a carbon footprint by over 35,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year! To get that much carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere a homeowner would have to plant 88 trees every single year. Additionally, the average home saves about $84 per month on their electric bill by using solar energy to help power anything that runs on electricity.
What is Solar Power?
Solar energy is usable by capturing the sun’s light energy and turning into electricity to power your home or business. The sun releases energy called photons which travel 93 million miles to Earth in about nine minutes. Believe it or not, there is research that suggests that every hour, enough photons reach Earth from the sun to generate enough solar energy to power the entire globe. With the cost of solar power dropping rapidly, the world will soon be able to harness more and more of the sun’s natural power.
Why Should I Consider Solar Energy?
- Solar panel systems are a great way for you to save money, no matter what your budget happens to be. We offer several different financing options starting as low as 2.25% for three years.
- Installing a solar panel system in Denver or Fort Collins is a great investment. Colorado solar energy technology is improving dramatically year-to-year, and as a result, financial incentives and rebates will decrease as solar energy becomes more prevalent around the state and country. There is a 26% tax credit for the total cost of the system. Some local utilities have additional rebates as well. Adding solar panels to your Colorado home will instantly add value to your property.
- Solar panel systems are very durable because they are made of tempered glass that can withstand the ever-changing Colorado weather patterns (hail, sleet, snow, rain, and high winds). A solar panel system can also help extend the lifetime of your roof by shielding it from seasonal wear and tear.
- With no moving parts and a 25-year protection-based warranty, there is zero for you to do. We will proactively monitor the systems for ten years as a bonus to you!
- Solar energy systems are tied to the electric grid and do not require batteries to store any of their power. At times when your system ends up producing more electricity than you use, you will receive a credit for the electricity you send to the grid.
- Solar panel systems can eliminate most of your electricity bill. With the right planning, your system may be able to generate enough electricity to meet your needs over a 12-month period. As long as your roof has enough space to install the right solar panel system, the power that your system will produce may effectively be able to eliminate your electric bill.
- Solar panels can be installed virtually anywhere that receives direct sunlight for most of the day and is not blocked by trees or any buildings. Panels that face south will produce the most electricity, but you can also have panels that face east and west.
Benefits of A Colorado Solar Energy Company
Solar Energy has little impact on the global climate.
It’s Infinitely Renewable
Wherever the sun shines, electricity can be generated.
Reduced Utility Costs
Almost half of the energy used in homes come from heating and cooling.
Increase The Value of Your Home
Home values rise at an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills.
Will Solar Save You Money?
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Learn about rebates your local energy company may be offering for Solar.
You may be eligible for local and federal discounts for installing solar panels.
How Colorado Solar Energy Company, REenergizeCO Installs Solar Electricity Systems in Denver
While installing solar panels in Colorado has become simpler over the years, it is not necessarily a DIY project. The process you can expect from REenergizeCO regarding a solar install is as follows:
- REenergizeCO calls all of our customers about inquiries they have had about solar power. We will talk about your expectations, and why you are interested in powering your home with solar energy.
- After a quick phone conversation, we ask you to send us your utility bills, so we have 12 months of data about your energy usage. As little as one month is needed, but we prefer a year snapshot.
- We then use software where we plug in the past usage, and we take a satellite view of the roof to make sure there is enough viable roof space to offset the usage of the homeowner.
- REenergizeCO strives to reduce your energy bills by adding efficiency measures like insulation and air sealing to decrease the size of the solar power system your house needs. Once we have run the numbers through our software, we’ll come to your house, meet you, and take a very close look at the efficiency of your home. If your house is a candidate for efficiency upgrades, we’ll add that to the software and adjust the solar power system accordingly.
- REenergizeCO is more than just a Colorado solar energy company. We care if your house is wasting energy and just offsetting a wasteful house doesn’t align with our goals. We want to make your home as efficient as possible while offsetting the smaller footprint, so your house is efficient and net zero.
- Once we’ve agreed on the efficiency scope and the solar power system, it is time to move forward with the install. First, we do a full structural analysis of the attic trusses to ensure the rafters can hold a solar power array. If upgrades are needed, we make them so we can add solar panels. This usually takes two days. Day one includes a full electrical job where we tie into the service panel and hang the inverter. We also do the panel layout in chalk on the roof.
- Day two consists of efficiency upgrades. We lay mounts and fly panels up to the roof and fasten them down. What a lot of people don’t know is after the second-day install, it usually takes 60-90 days for the system to be turned on and producing power.
- We then get a permit through the city, and handle all inspections from mounting, electrical, to the final utility turn on.
How Does a Solar Energy System Function?
First, sunlight will hit a solar panel on the roof of your home. The panels will then convert that light into a DC energy current which flows from the panel to the inverter. The inverter will convert the electricity from DC to AC which is what powers your home. Simple as that!
Keep in mind that a PV system often produces more energy than the average consumer needs. This excess energy that is produced is then fed back into the grid for other uses. This will result in a credit to the customer for the excess energy that their solar panel system has produced. It will also store extra energy for use on days where the sun is not prevalent. Net metering policies in Colorado are some of the best in the United States. A net meter will record the amount of energy your system sends to the grid and credit that back to you.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
When photons from the sun hit a solar cell within a panel on your roof, electrons are knocked loose from their atoms. When these electrons flow through the circuit of solar panel, electricity is generated. The more panels you have on your roof, the more electrons you can expect your panels to collect. This will ultimately lead to your solar panels producing more energy for your home.
What are Solar Panels Made Of?
Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are composed of solar cells. These solar cells are made of semiconductors with a positive layer and a negative layer. In tandem, these layers create an electrical field just as a battery would.
How do Solar Panels Generate Electricity?
Photovoltaic solar panels convert the sun’s energy into direct current electricity. Direct current electricity describes the process of electrons flowing through a circuit in one direction. Once the electrons reach an inverter, they are converted to an alternating current. In this stage, they are then fed back into a home’s electrical system and into the electrical grid.
Do I Need a Solar Battery?
Installing a battery as part of your solar energy system gives you the ability to store excess power for later use. Solar batteries are especially useful in fall and winter, when there are fewer hours in the day and inclement weather reduces the sunlight that reaches your panels.
Energy independence is a major benefit of solar batteries. The stored energy allows you to continue powering your home at all hours of the day, reducing your dependence on the grid and minimizing the likelihood that you will have to pay for electricity during expensive peak hours (2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, according to Xcel Energy). In the event of a power outage, you will be able to keep the lights on thanks to the surplus energy banked from your solar panel system.
Batteries are great for homes, as they can be configured for Time Of Use management and/or power outages. Most solar companies do not offer a protected load service panel backup option with their batteries; when the grid goes down, so do their batteries/rooftop system. Our solar systems with battery backup have an auto transfer switch that senses when the grid goes down and moves the entire solar system panels and batteries to power the house. This is very unique to our DC coupled systems.
If you are considering solar, you have the option to install a battery as part of the system. If you already use solar panels to power your home, adding a battery is an easy adjustment when performed by professionals. Contact REenergizeCO today for assistance optimizing your solar electric system!
Professional Colorado Solar Company
At REenergizeCO we pride ourselves on energy efficiency and showing our customers in Denver and Fort Collins that they can fall in love with their home again. We grew tired of the standard cookie-cutter approach to solar power. Thus, began a journey to do things better. In an industry where complicated pricing models and confusing loans are the norms, we bring a breath of fresh air. Our focus is rather simple to understand. Our client’s goals are at the forefront of what we do and delivering the best solution possible is the only way we conduct our business.
We take a holistic approach to things and lead off our services with a complete Colorado home energy audit. This gives our clients a complete picture of everything that is going on with their home. It also allows us to target areas of opportunity inside the home to decrease consumption. Often this results in a smaller and more effective solar power system for the home.
When it comes to our solar panel system designs and installs, they are second to none. From the careful selection of each component to careful monitoring of our clients’ systems, we believe that all of the details matter.
Interested in a Colorado Solar Company? Please call our Denver Office at (303) 227-1000
Or, if you’re closer to Fort Collins, call our Fort Collins Solar Company Office at (970) 323-3191
Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Solar Energy
What Should I Consider Before Installing Solar Panels?
Most homes in Colorado are suitable for solar panels. Denver, Fort Collins, and other areas of the state get a lot of sunshine, and the climate in Colorado tends to be favorable for solar energy production.
However, there are a few characteristics that can make a home less than ideal for a solar energy system. These include:
- Shade: Trees, nearby structures, and more can block sunlight from reaching your home. Heavy shading will reduce the efficiency of your solar panels. It is important to account for shade when determining whether solar panels are right for your home.
- Roof space: You need sufficient space on your roof to hold the number of solar panels you need to power your home. A home energy audit will reveal how much energy you consume on average and aid in calculating how big your solar energy system should be. If your house is small, however, roof-mounted solar panels may not be an option.
- The condition of your roof: Solar panels can be mounted on any kind of roof. However, the roof needs to be stable and in good repair to support solar panels and other equipment.
- The direction of the roof: The ideal direction for solar panels to face is south, as this allows for the most amount of sunlight during the day. However, not every home is positioned in such a way to maximize southern exposure.
It is also important to consider the efficiency of your home. A home energy audit may reveal degraded insulation, inefficient appliances, and other issues that drive up your energy consumption (and your monthly bills).
Before you install solar panels, it may be necessary to make other energy efficiency upgrades to your home first. Homeowners who install a solar energy system on an inefficient house throw good money after bad, with the existing inefficiencies substantially reducing the energy savings solar panels provide.
What Size Should My Solar Energy System Be?
Proper sizing is one of the most important steps in designing an efficient and effective solar power system. Generally, it is in your best interest to work with a solar energy company to determine how many solar panels you need and the capacity of the system.
However, there are several steps you can take to come up with a rough estimate for the size of a solar panel system:
- Determine how much energy your household uses. Look at your energy bills from the last year for the kilowatt-hours (kWh) you consume. Add up the amount each month and divide by 12 for your average home energy consumption. Divide the 12-month average by 30 (the average number of days in a month) to calculate how much energy you use in an average day.
- Find out how much sunlight your home gets per day. Global Solar Atlas is the best tool for seeing how much sun your area gets. Check out the value for direct normal irradiation (DNI) to see how many kilowatt-hours a given location gets.
- Account for inefficiencies. The efficiency of today’s high-performance solar panels ranges from 20% to 22%. It is also important to account for variability in the weather and not assume that every day will be 100% sunny. The size of your solar panel system will need to be optimized to overcome innate inefficiencies and unpredictable conditions.
On average, homes in Colorado require about 24 solar panels to cover household energy usage. A 5 kWh solar energy system is typically sufficient to power your home and help you reduce your electric bill.
However, your needs and goals may vary based on the factors above. At REenergizeCO, we don’t rely on the cookie-cutter approach used by many solar energy companies. Instead, we size solar panel systems for each customer’s usage habits and local conditions. This results in more efficient systems and greater savings on energy.
How Much Does It Cost to Install Solar Panels in Colorado?
The price of a solar panel system varies from installation to installation. Multiple factors impact how much you can expect to pay, including:
- How much energy your household consumes
- The size of your home (larger houses consume more energy but they also have bigger roofs that can hold more solar panels)
- Your level of energy independence; you can expect to pay more if you use a combination of solar power and energy from the grid
- What equipment you need
- Rebates, warranties, and other incentives
Overall, we find that our customers end up paying $10,000 on average for a solar energy system. This is lower than the average cost of solar in the state as determined by EnergySage, which found that the price of a 5 kW solar panel system tends to range between $13,000 and $18,000 in Colorado.
At REenergizeCO, we believe in transparent, upfront pricing. When we provide you with a quote for solar panels, our estimate includes the cost of the equipment, installation, etc. In addition, we account for any and all warranties, rebates, and incentives that can bring the price down.
Some homeowners experience sticker shock when they first start looking into the cost of going solar. However, another important part of figuring out the price of solar panels is calculating how much you will save by going solar.
How much you will be able to save with solar energy depends on the capacity of your system, what if any electricity you take from the grid, and your personal consumption habits. What is certain, however, is that installing solar panels will help you avoid the inevitable price increases consumers can expect from utilities in the coming years.
For example, in 2022 Xcel Energy proposed a rate hike of $188.6 million on natural gas and $182 million on electricity. If approved, Xcel customers can expect to pay an additional $5 to $8 (or more) on their electric bills each month in the next few years.
Installing solar panels protects your home electricity and your wallet from the volatility in the residential energy sector. As these trends continue, we can expect to see solar power systems start paying for themselves much sooner.
Read More: How Much Are Solar Panels in Colorado?
Does Colorado Offer a Solar Tax Credit?
There is no solar tax credit in Colorado. However, there are some important state-level incentives you should know about if you are thinking about installing solar panels:
- Property tax is not owed on the value solar panels add to your home
- Solar energy equipment is not subject to Colorado state sales tax
Utility companies in Colorado also provide incentives for homeowners who install solar panel systems. When combined with the tax exemptions discussed above, incentives like the following can enhance the savings of solar energy.
Customers in and around Denver qualify for the net metering program through Xcel Energy.
Meanwhile, homeowners in Fort Collins can qualify for a solar rebate of up to $1,000 if they install a new solar energy system.
It is also important to highlight the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Under the ITC, homeowners who install solar panels on their homes in 2022 can claim a 26% tax credit on the cost of the system. It is important to act quickly if you are thinking about going solar, as the ITC drops to 22% in 2023 before expiring altogether the following year.
Read More: What Are the Tax Benefits of Installing Solar Panels?
What Is the Best Solar Company?
Obviously which solar company is “the best” is a matter of perspective. What makes the best choice for you is ultimately a personal decision based on your home energy needs and goals.
If you are looking for a quality solar energy company in Denver or Fort Collins, please consider the following facts about REenergizeCO:
- Experience: REenergizeCO averages 100 interconnections every year (approximately 70 in Fort Collins and 30 in the Denver metro area annually).
- Local Connection: We live to serve the communities we call home. Our founders were born and raised in Colorado, and they met playing rugby at Colorado State University. Their respective construction careers have unfolded 100% in Colorado, giving the entire REenergizeCO team an edge when it comes to serving the Front Range.
- Reviews and Ratings: We have thousands of happy customers who praise our knowledge of solar energy, our professionalism, and the quality of our work.
- Expertise: Members of our solar team hold certifications from organizations such as the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, the Building Performance Institute, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. We also hold Class D contractor licenses for specialty home projects.
- Service: REenergizeCO caters to the customer in every way. Our in-house permitting team works directly with the city and county so our customers don’t have to. We install on time and on budget with no hassles and no surprises.
- Quality Materials: We install A-rated solar panels guaranteed for up to 25 years.
- Maintenance and Support: REenergizeCO offers a 25-year workmanship warranty, 25-year equipment warranty, and a 25-year production warranty. If necessary, we will perform any necessary maintenance and/or replacement of components ourselves.
- Help Maximizing Your Energy Savings: Our work isn’t done once the solar panels are installed and your system is turned on. You can count on our friendly staff to handle all of the paperwork for any rebates, warranties, and incentives you qualify for after going solar.
Your satisfaction is important to us. At every stage of your experience with REenergizeCO, you can count on each member of our team to be respectful of your time, your home, and what you hope to achieve by making the change to solar energy.
We take a custom approach to your solar energy project. Our recommendations are based on the initial home energy audit, which gives us the insights we need to design a system specifically for your home and position the solar panels to capture the maximum amount of sunlight. We also handle all of the permitting, inspections, and the activation of your solar energy system.
Read More: What to Look For in a Colorado Solar Energy Company
Once your solar panels are operational, our team monitors the system free of charge for up to 10 years. REenergizeCO performs all necessary maintenance and other service to ensure that your system performs at peak levels.
Many solar companies are short-lived. At REenergizeCO, we stand by our work and maintain a relationship with our customers that lasts for years.
We are here to answer any questions homeowners or business owners may have about customizing a complete solar energy solution