Get an estimate of your home’s solar potential using free online tools, such as Google Project Sunroof or NRELS’s PVWatts Calculator.
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If you’re looking to get solar panels installed on your roof, always get at least three quotes.
Check out Xcel Energy’s tips on hiring a solar contractor or United Power’s list of questions to help you navigate your selection process.
Use a pre-approved list of businesses, like the one provided by Boulder County’s EnergySmart program. Even if you don’t live in Boulder County, all of the contractors listed have demonstrated interest in helping residents complete renewable energy projects. The Colorado Solar and Storage Association can also help you navigate potential contractors. Or check out the contractors authorized through the Colorado RENU loan program.
Adding solar to your home now can increase its resale value by as much as $15,000
According to EnergySage: “Colorado’s average cost of a solar panel installation ranges from $13,302 to $17,998. On a cost per watt ($/W) basis, you can expect a solar panel installation in Colorado to range in price from $2.66 to $3.60”
Depending on a variety of factors (system size, financing, incentives) roof top solar systems typically pay back in 8 years. Solar panels have an average expected lifetime of 25 years.